The term auteur is bandied about far too readily these days. However, it applies here as we have a confident young musician who is a multi-talented singer, pianist, drummer and songwriter. Trajectories is a release that brings together Lisburn native Peter McCauley’s first three EPs on the one album. Rams’ has released a confident record that is delivered with a professional sheen and sound that belies its EPs-lumped-together status. This isn’t a collection of scratchy demos, it’s a strong showing of largely piano-driven pop that could quite easily have been produced by an act plying its trade for years on a much larger scale.
Highlights of the release include the relentless piano of ‘The Stuff That Went Before’, a song that merges a smart vocal with a catchy melody. ‘Dieter Rams Has Got the Pocket Radio’ is a seriously strong number that has a real presence. ‘You and Me Babe’ is a nicely understated love song with an underplayed delivery that brings to mind earlier David Kitt. Overall, it’s difficult to find fault with this release. Sound wise, the northerner has a similar twang to the likes of Duke Special or a less forceful Ed Harcourt. He’s got a genuine quality to his vocal that stands out. Theres an awful lot to like here.
Rams’ shows a real confidence in his delivery and the structure of the songsmithery on show here is never less than accomplished. After support slots to Foy Vance and Snow Patrol earlier this year he is now embarking on an extensive Irish tour this month with dates in Galway, Waterford, Dublin and Cork. On the evidence of this release he’s an artist that we’re likely to be hearing a lot more from.
September 14th – Playhouse, Portrush
September 20th – Limelight, Belfast
September 21st – The Duke, Warrenpoint
September 22nd – The Cellar Bar, Draperstown
September 23rd – Goat’s Toe, Bangor
September 25th – Cyprus Avenue, Cork
September 26th – Roisin Dubh, Galway
September 27th – Forum Lounge, Waterford
September 28th – Academy 2, Dublin
September 29th – An Culturelann, Derry