Dave Rowntree – Radio Songs

It’s never easy for a member of a long-running, beloved group to take the risk and step out solo....
Dave Rowntree : Radio Songs
7.6 Cooking Vinyl
2022 
Dave Rowntree : Radio Songs

It’s never easy for a member of a long-running, beloved group to take the risk and step out solo. It’s even tougher when you’re not the frontman, not the guitarist, but the drummer. Yet Blur’s Dave Rowntree has done it with his distant and moving Radio Songs.

Songs is miles away from their band’s nineties Brit-pop enthusiasm (but Blur as a whole have evolved from that as well – QRO twenty-first century album review). Instead, pieces such as “Devil’s Island” are slow, haunting echoes, ‘miles away’ in their own way. “Downtown” is empty, while it is a dark push along the “London Bridge” (undoubtedly drawn from the COVID era lockdown urban emptiness). Lonely synths abound more than active guitars or even drums.

Admittedly feeling a little similar to the contemporary solo work of Blur’s actual frontman Damon Albarn (QRO solo album review), even in the vocals, the boys have grown up and grown interests – Rowntree’s include getting Blur to be the first music on Mars, and recently serving as a Labour county councilor (QRO’s Musicians as Politicians). And now he can add the very solo Radio Songs.

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