Following the release of 2015’s superb Esque, Rob Bravery is back with You Take Half, the titular first release from his brand new EP.
The track is a sultry, impending cut, which sees the Bristolian singer-songwriter documenting his early struggles.
‘You Take Half is a song about the depreciation of an art form, in this case, the song as a medium in the wake of the digital revolution’ he asserts.
‘I guess it’s me trying to reassert some sense of power and control by cynically addressing some of the compromises new writers and artists are facing.’
Co-produced by Liam Howe (of Sneaker Pimps), the track is a slow-building, electronica-fused confessional, echoing Massive Attack and fellow Bristolians, Portishead. Described as a ‘sonic reference for point for the project as a whole’, You Take Half signals a new age for Bravery. It’s individual, focused and manages to capture the internalised contemplating of the artist in a manner that isn’t just accessible, but gorgeously so.
It’s a brave approach, but a timely one. Here is a musician who has truly found his voice, and sound.
Words by Niall Flynn