To coincide with the release of his latest anthem I’m On My Way, rapper and artist Ronald Mkiza kindly stopped by for an interview.
Perhaps his finest project to date, Hey It’s Not Just Me brings things back down to the ground, for a deeply moving look at the many thoughts and feelings that haunt us as humans.
Its embrace is of the calibre that swiftly prompts a re-listen once the music stops and silence ensues…
Incorporating all manner of moods and musical styles, with a variety of organic folk instruments from clarinet to mandolin and cello, The Azure Sea proves all at once a treat for the real music fans, and an artistic snapshot of the times we’re living in.
“I wish that music was all about the songs and not about the artist. Music should be judged alone on its inherent quality (or lack of) and not as a part of a greater story. Personally I can listen to an artist for years without having any interest in knowing more about them.”
From the climate to social justice, history, health, war, refugees, pointlessness, by way of undeniable Gypsy-folk prowess & lashings of addictive, memorable melodies.
There’s melancholy, sure, and wistfulness and tunefulness and I’ve already talked about the earnestness and authenticity on display. It’s a regular smorgasbord of thought, narrative storytelling and emoting and it doesn’t hang about.
In many ways, Francis Bowie is a master chameleon, a champion for eclecticism, yet without sacrificing his sense of self at any point; far from it.
“I was pretty terrible at playing famous songs, so I had to make up my own – that way no one could say I was playing them wrong.”
Since 2006, Fynbo has released five original albums, an achievement that this latest project speaks volumes on behalf of. That level of skill, knowledge and authenticity can’t be faked, and generally takes a lot of dedication to reach.
Vinyl Floor manage to entertain and impress on this project, likely bringing you to listen more than just the one time – turning to these songs when the sound of modern radio just doesn’t cut it.
Stumble upon Increst & be reassured that there are still bands out there pushing for that nostalgic, hard-hitting, emotional & gritty rock sound – the likes of which have felt so out of reach since the days of Pearl Jam & Audioslave.