As the old saying goes, sometimes you have to take the rough with the smooth.
Enduring a troubled time in his own life, Nick Rayner retreated to somewhere private. Funnelling his feelings into music, Rayner poured the events of the previous few months into song after song.
Then he escaped. Leaving the tapes behind, the songwriter travelled to Ireland while the drums were recorded - remotely - in Australia. Pulled together as a new EP, Nick Rayner is ready to launch his next moniker Farewell J.R.
The material is enticing, intoxicating. There's a beauty here, an adherence to certain traits, formats that you might come to expect from a mature songwriter. However there's also the element of risk, with Farewell J.R. having a raw, untamed delivery with a voice frequently pushed into cracking.
Set to be released on Talking Shop, 'Health' is a deep, probing work which matches melody against distortion, the good times and the bad, the rough with the smooth.
As a preview, ClashMusic have been handed the video for 'A Thought, A Mind'. Displaying an agoraphobic's struggle to escape their own limitations, it features the central character continual coming close to overcoming their problems - only to recede back into their own fears and weaknesses.
Watch it now.
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'Health' is set to be released shortly.