Today, the video for the first single from RJ Thompson’s new album ‘Echo Chamber’, was released. The album is due in September, with tour dates announced for the end of the year supporting Jools Holland. Exciting and new, RJ Thompson has received praise from The Guardian and The Times. He’s also a huge advocate of supporting live music and creative funding for new musicians, which you can read about here.
The visual is exciting. It’s a lean towards classic 80s film, Flashdance, with a contemporary setting. Shot in an empty school, the inspiration is the feeling that music gives you.
RJ Thompson is for fans of Ryan Adams, The 1975, Ben Howard and Brandon Flowers. With a new album due for release mid November, RJ Thompson has built a name for himself in recent months. Particularly as one of the countries strongest up and coming singer/songwriters.
Poignant lyrics capture the mood of the last 12 months, and songs won’t fail to resonate. All are set against a colourful, and at times nostalgic, soundscape. It goes far beyond modern day stereotypes; “I have always believed that musicians, artists, authors… they all have a responsibility, at least to some degree, to hold up a mirror to society”, he added.
An artist who has had to graft for every great opportunity that’s come his way, it was a night in Hartlepool where the work paid off. Consistently playing grass-root music venues in his native North-East, the break came when a sound engineer at an open mic night was working with Live Aid organiser, and Ultravox frontman, Midge Ure. The engineer submitted RJ as a support act, leading to more than 30 shows touring the UK and Europe.
The first focus track from the album is the title track, “Echo Chamber”. It perfectly anchors the sonic direction of the songwriters latest project. The organic instrumentation takes a backseat to strong, electronic-pop production. Analogue synth stabs form the foundations of the track while the guitar parts contribute to a solid-groove section. The video is the brainchild of RJ and director Ian West.
Speaking of the release, West said, “We wanted to create something nostalgic but also something that reflected the nature of the song. That feeling music gives you. The way it taps into your memory and reminds you what it’s like to be free and happy without the rules and restrictions of society was really important to highlight. I guess that’s the main theme behind it. For those few minutes you have a freedom, and that creativity and music can’t be oppressed.”
The album, of the same name, is coming in November and features guest appearances from John Waugh, saxophone player for The 1975, and ex-Bellowhead cellist Rachael McShane.