– The Times
‘Home’ is the EP’s glorious closer and sums up Unkle Bob’s talented songwriting skills. The track builds slowly as the instrumentation accompanies Rick Webster’s strong vocals. As the momentum builds, ‘Home’ is elevated further by magnificent hooks, potent harmonies and heartfelt lyrics delivered to perfection.
You can download ‘Home’ below or from the Unkle Bob’s Soundcloud page.
Songs for Others sees Unkle Bob explore a more up-tempo path than on previous releases. Largely recorded in a Scottish bedroom, singer-songwriter Rick took inspiration from artists like R Stevie Moore, Nick Cave, Grizzly Bear and The Smiths, moving away from a purely acoustic sound to experiment with electric guitars, distortion pedals and looping effects.
The EP embodies Unkle Bob’s ability to create catchy hooks, enhanced by echoing, overlapping vocals and cathartic lyrics that explore love and loss. Opening track, and previous single Brother, is a downpour of reverberant, harmonised melodies, and the chorus evokes the spirit of Neil Young, as Rick sings “Forever I’ll be your Brother…“. While Unkle Bob’s accomplished songwriting ability is confirmed by second track ‘Change’, which immediately picks up the pace, building swiftly into a blissful, crisp pop ballad befitting acclaimed bands like Doves.
Songs for Others follows the critically lauded albums Sugar and Spite (2006), and Shockwaves (2010) – records that made the band something of a cult phenomenon in the US. Their songs were the sound-track to countless US dramas (spawning well over 100,000 downloads in the process) whilst the song ‘Swans’ was featured in the climax to a Grey’s Anatomy storyline.
This record was funded through PledgeMusic. Using the idea of a ‘Song for You’ option, Unkle Bob gave fans the opportunity to buy a song written about their lives. Rick entered into dialogue with the fans about lyrics and the general style of the track, giving birth to the single Brother and EP track ‘Home’.
The up-coming release of Songs for Others is the culmination of a hectic 2013 schedule for Unkle Bob. Having returned with the Letters EP on Christmas Day last year, following the death and resurrection of the band itself, Unkle Bob have gone onto play 3 festivals in Changsha (China) in front of 20,000 people, will be shooting a video for the single Brother, before releasing Songs For Others in August.
Songs for Others is released on 19th August 2013 via JustMe.