Happy (Live at The Bowery Electric) – Rory D’Lasnow ft. Phil Robinson (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Guitars and harmonicas have to be the most natural of sonic travelling companions, so much so that a whole series of genres, from blues to country to rock and roll, have used it as a springboard to make sweet music and so grab the attention of the music masses. And as Rory D’Lasnow fires off a salvo of acoustic chords and Phil Robinson punctuates the spaces between with emotive and timeless, drifting melodies, it is easy to use this as a sort of sonic time machine, a memory jog recalling all the great music gone before which found the beauty in the two instrument’s sonic pas de deux.

But whilst the form might be well established, Rory D’Lasnow is writing music for the here and now, and it is this tip of the hat to the past, coupled with a sound which is also pushing forward, a roots echo put to pop potential which seems to be the best of both worlds. And as with all the best music, together they show just how little is needed to make a song work, that understatement is the order of the day, that you don’t need to put all your eggs in one basket to grab peoples attention. 

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