Today, British singer/songwriter RHODES has released new album Friends Like These via Nettwerk (listen here). Recorded during lockdown alongside producers Rich Cooper and Ash Workman (Christine and the Queens, Metronomy) Friends Like These is a stunning collection of personal tracks, sharing tales of love, loss, friendship, and hope, harnessed by RHODES’ charming vocals.
Speaking on the album, RHODES says: “‘Friends Like These’ was born from night thoughts and dreams or conversations with very close friends about personal trauma and trying to move beyond the feelings we cannot face alone. The record is musically diverse and quite chaotic, and I feel this is truly representative of my experience over the past few years of writing and finally now stumbling upon the right path with good friends and good people. I want this album to transcend all the things I thought it had to be and I want it to be heard and be a celebration of realisation, of friendship and of hope. My close friends are all over this record and if it wasn’t for them it wouldn’t exist. It took me a moment to get here but in such a noisy world, I’ve always found that true beauty and clarity comes in the pauses.”
Friends Like These marks RHODES’ first album release since acclaimed 2015 debut Wishes, which included single ‘Let It All Go’, a duet with Birdy which has amassed over 200 million Spotify streams. The independently released sophomore album includes latest single ‘Good to You’ (listen here), which Official Charts described as “an emotionally vulnerable, orchestral-tinged pop ballad.” Last week, RHODES released an ethereal live version of ‘No Words’, recorded live at The Pool Studio in London. Watch the stunning performance video here.
Following the release of his album Friends Like These, next month will see RHODES take to the stage in several cities across the country as part of his UK/EU headline tour, ending with an intimate show at London’s EartH. For tickets and more information visit: https://rhodes.ffm.to/tickets.bio
01 Friends Like These
02 The Love I Give
03 No Words
04 Good to You
05 Even When It Hurts
08 Blue as Forget Me Nots
10 Drink To This