Samuel Brookes’ soon-to-be released debut album has been greatly anticipated by fans of London-based Brookes. The folk singer-songwriter and acoustic guitarist has been recognised by music producers since his original band, The Volt, won MTV’s 2008 Get Seen Get Heard talent contest. When I first watched Samuel play live, he played harmonica alongside his guitar and in truth, I wasn’t sure what to expect. As he began to sing however, I was drawn into his music and couldn’t help but smile.
His style is reminiscent of female singer-songwriter Laura Marling, whom is also a great inspiration to Samuel, alongside others such as Joni Mitchell, James Taylor and John Martin. The musician’s songs tell stories in an uplifting, but serious way and his vocal capabilities only draw the listener in more. While his own music is written very personally, this is only until the point when he is performing. This allows him to bring the audience into his mind and into his music.
Samuel will be releasing his debut album on Helium Records, with an abundant selection of songs including Travelling Man, telling the classic story of musical travellers. Hopefully we will see him travelling around the UK soon, as his plan is to attend a series of gigs in 2011. His music brings something of the traditional back into the modern world, but don’t get the wrong idea; this is very much something new, independent and perfect for all kinds of music tastes.