Andrew Bate is a singer/songwriter from the UK who recently released Rattle & Boom EP. The EP consists of five songs that displays his diversity as a songwriter. I was having a hard time finding a foundation to his sound because of the different styles.
Take for instance the clear country “going down route 66” inspired opener “What Am I Gonna Do With You?” which introduces a distinct flavor that he never revisits. On that note I throughly enjoyed both songs but for different reasons
Up next is “Living in Your Bones” which has a classic singer/songwriter vibe. The song is well delivered, melancholy and quite catchy. Out of all the songs “Rattle & Boom“ is the one that sounded so different from the others. It sounded more like a saloon Tom Waits type song. It was the highlight for me and I was hoping for similar sounding songs.
“Sister Sinner” is stripped back song which revolves around guitar, ambience and vocals. The vocals sound great here. The closer “Darling Just Call Me Around” was the most commercially viable song which goes head first into the intimate singer/songwriter vibe.
Bate has a good amount of talent in a number of areas but it felt rather obvious to me from this EP that he is still searching for a signature sound. It may behoove him to work with an experienced producer to help him find the elements in his songs that can be strung together which could help with creative control.
Overall, I think Rattle & Boom EP has some solid songs that I found enjoyable. The production was impressive for DIY and Bate has a good amount of technical talent as well. I’m looking forward to his evolution because he displays potential.
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