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Sam Brookes - Kairos (Review)

Sam Brookes, Kairos

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 4 out of 5

SAM Brookes is a UK singer-songwriter who would appear to have a very bright future ahead of him.

Having recently been supporting Newton Faulkner on his UK tour, the artist is drawing favourable comparisons with the likes of Jeff Buckley and John Martyn for his songs, which are grounded in folk-pop elements and driven by acoustic guitar.

If you don’t believe us, then try listening to album opener Intro, which is delivered in a haunted, ethereal style that really does remind you of Buckly’s Hallelujah.

That same sombre, haunted tone is carried on into Numb which nevertheless possesses a beguiling quality and underlines the impressive credentials that Brookes continues to display throughout.

On James, meanwhile, he exhibits a breezier, more pop quality that shows why Faulkner chose him as a support act. There are comparisons with Faulkner in terms of delivery, where the acoustic licks are brisker and more cheerful, but so too are there comparisons with contemporaries such as Josh Pyke and Jose Gonzalez.

Further highlights include Frequency, which employs a catchy central melody and a nice sense of uncertainty within its lyrics, This Is The Place (which again adopts a brisker pace) and No Time, which is steeped in classic qualities and an endearingly warming vibe (despite the fact the song is, again, wracked with doubt).

In truth, though, Brookes has created an album that resonates strongly thematically, while charming mor often than not instrumentally. He deserves to find a wide and appreciative audience, especially since the album is being self-released and funded by fans through Pledge Music. Here’s hoping this collection of songs sets him well on his way.

Download picks: Numb, James, Frequency, This Is The Place, No Time

Track listing:

  1. Intro
  2. Numb
  3. James
  4. Crazy World And You
  5. Frequency
  6. This Is The Place
  7. One Day
  8. No Time
  9. On The Mend
  10. Breaking Blue