Thursday, September 25

Rod Thomas

If the present-day fixation on folk and all its trappings is anything to go by, this young troubadour from the Welsh valleys and his acoustic guitar-plus-MacBook kit deserve to be taken seriously. But such I Was A Cub Scout-Lite that relentlessly falls short of unearthing an actual chorus line does not. “Hi my names’ Rod Thomas and this is what I sound like,” he declared at London's Water Rats theatre a couple weeks back. Synth-stodgy loops that even Joseph Arthur does better? Soppy lust songs that dare touch the class of Marling and Flynn? A puzzling conclusion of solely Thomas and his banjo just to churn out something suggestive of Dashboard Confessional in his prime? No ta.

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