RJ Thompson has built a name for himself in recent months as one of the countries strongest up and coming singer-songwriters. His poignant lyrics perfectly capture the mood of the past 12 months, with songs that won’t fail to resonate, and all are set against a colorful (and at times nostalgic) soundscape that goes far beyond modern-day singer-songwriter stereotypes. In November, RJ released the album “Echo Chamber,” which they just got around to sending over to us this week. While we are grateful, it’s always good to announce the album release BEFORE you put it out so we can help build hype.
Check out the single “Skimming Stones.” Peter Gabriel fans will eat it up.
RJ is an artist who’s had to graft for every great opportunity that comes his way, getting his big break through consistently playing grassroots music venues, pubs and clubs in his native North-East (for US readers, he’s in the UK). It was a night in Hartlepool where the work paid off. A sound engineer at an open mic night was working with Live Aid organizer and Ultravox frontman Midge Ure. The engineer submitted RJ as a support act, leading to more than 30 shows touring the UK and Europe. Support shows with Gabrielle Aplin, Deacon Blue and Jools Holland (including a performance at the Royal Albert Hall) soon followed as well as several EPs and a live album. Now, RJ is stepping out with his first studio LP in November, which features RJ‘s friends John Waugh (saxophone player for The 1975) and Rachael McShane (ex-Bellowhead cellist)
Thompson shares, “For me, this is my favorite track on the album. Although the album is quite political in it’s lyrics, this song breaks away and talks about the end of a relationship… about it ending without either person realizing that it was falling apart. I think a lot of people can relate to that feeling. Realizing that you’re not the same people as you used to be, and don’t share the same path anymore. Thankfully the relationship in the song is not one of my own, but something that I have witnessed from a distance recently.“