Released: May 2014
If you’re looking for something to fill the Mumford and Sons shaped hole in your heart since they announced their hiatus then Robbie Boyd may be just what you’re looking for.
As you might expect it’s gentle folk-pop with plenty of pumping bass drum kicks and folky flourishes (take note of the traditional fiddle arrangements on Spring Generation) that begs to be played in late night sing-alongs around the camp fire.
There’s plenty of upbeat material across the 12 tracks, kicking off with the easy on the ears Orion Belt, but it’s Less Than Friends with its gentle refrain of ‘so much for those happy ends’ – something at odds with the built up percussion and overall happy demeanour – that keeps you on your toes.
It’s clear Robbie Boyd is an accomplished songwriter, and realistically there isn’t a filler tune in sight. Vocally he has elements of Mark Owen and Marcus Mumford but he sounds so comfortable in his own skin it’s as if he’s been doing it for years.
So Called Man is a solid album, all about a journey of self-discovery and finding a voice, and with its uplifting feel should be all over your summer playlists.