WRAP UP WARM | MAIDA VALE
...TO EVERYONE WHO HELPED MAKE THE NEW EP (A GORGEOUS CHARGE) LAUNCH NIGHT A HUGE SUCCESS .
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REVIEW | [BUZZ MAGAZINE]
New EP, A Gorgeous Charge, launched tonight, is a strong justification for the investment placed in him. It’s a sublime record, which showcases the best of Rheon’s songwriting gifts and his delicate vocal talent.
Stark, in an all-white outfit, he is backed by The Gorgeous Charge, an eight-piece ensemble decked in contrasting black, who bring out the best of his material. Fellow singer-songwriter Eve Goodman lends honeyed harmonies to Rheon’s subtle melodies and a three-piece string section adds depth and a touch of magic to the night. Their arrangement for Rheon’s excellent cover of Radiohead’s Lucky, in particular, is a masterstroke. His own material is equally as impressive: You Have Me Now is an explicit dissection of a relationship at breaking point, engaging in its openness, while Wrap Up Warm, played early in the set, is as nourishing as a bowl of chicken soup on a cold day.
Affable and unaffected, Rheon makes everyone in the room feel like he’s their best mate and when he leaves the stage after an encore, it’s to warm applause and raised glasses.