After honing his craft for several years as part of The DeSotos, New Zealand native Paul Gurney has released his second solo album. Firstly, it’s worth noting (and applauding) that Gurney lives and breathes music and knows it’s value in society through his work at Toi Ora Live Arts Trust, a trust which supports people who are experiencing mental health issues with arts classes. From the emotive and evocative tales of struggle in ‘Ricochet’ to the light hearted ‘Moonlight Waltz’, this record takes you on a journey through every emotion. The production feels quite simple but the soundscapes created are atmospheric. On songs such as ‘Fragile’ which is the standout track for me, the raw emotion causes Gurney’s voice to quiver slightly giving a sense of vulnerability to his artistry. It’s a strong collection of songs from Gurney who delivers a record which speaks to the soul.
Zoe Hodges, Editor