Rolleston is a solo project from Merseyside, UK who recently released Thoughts. He explains “Thoughts is the first EP in a three-part album I plan to put out over the next year or so. Based on the thoughts, feelings and behaviours cycle from CBT, the lyrical content will shift accordingly (this first one was designed to be less personal and more about the world, generally).”
“Intro” is the first track and this is a very captivating start with warm ambience and what sounds like a computer program talking about emotional response. I really liked the cerebral and pensive quality it had. That being said it really felt different than the mood on the other songs starting with “Forget.” “Forget” is upbeat pop 101. It’s catchy, funky and playful. The hook is solid and revolves around a consistent 4/4 kick drum, clean elements like reverb laced guitar and a number of synths.
“Nothing” is more subdued and lounge-y. The bass runs deep and the word that comes to mind if soulful. It reminded me of a mix between Phoenix and Justin Timberlake.
“Eggshells'' is a stripped back folk song that blossoms into a ballad. It was another unexpected turn but he pulled it off. “Gifted “ goes back into pop more but more of synth pop before with warm atmosphere and more catchy melodies. Last up is a melancholy piano ballad called “Compromise” which contains an emotive vocal performance and additional strings.
My only critique was that the sequencing felt a bit scattered. There are a lot of jumps stylistically that he attempts to cram in eighteen minutes. On that note he pulls off what he attempts and has a range of talent in different areas.
Overall, I thought there was a lot to appreciate about this release. I look forward to hearing the other parts of the album.
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