Ron McElroy – Japanese Song

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Earlier this year London based singer/songwriter/guitarist Ron McElroy impressed with his debut single World At War, so much so that a definite anticipation for his first full-length album All Her Kisses which is to be released soon, was sparked. Now he releases the second single from the impending album in the intriguing form of the Japanese Song. It is a track which raises questions as well as confirming the promise previously triggered, but overall it still adds to the appetite for his debut album.

With the experience of working and playing with the likes of Juliette Lewis, Isabella Summers (Florence & the Machine), Sian Evans (DJ Fresh, Kosheen), Trouble Over Tokyo and Amber Bella Muse, the artist has come a long way from receiving a simple hand-me-down guitar given to him by a friend, and striving to master its charms and develop his own unique style with inspirations from the likes of Jimmy Hendrix and Miles Davis.

From the more eager anthemic rock intent of his first single, Japanese Song is an arguably less accessible and certainly more of a slowly persuasive piece of invention. The lone acoustic guitar declaration is an instantly lure whilst the soon joining oriental percussive suggestion adds a joint mystique and question in thoughts. The distinctive vocals of McElroy soon add another texture to the narrative and at this point senses and imagination are consumed with whether the combination works or not for them, and debatably the song does not quite engage as may be  it should at this point. As great vocal harmonies and the simple but evocative guitar tempting wrap their further suggestion around the ear you soon discover a smouldering persuasion working and soon providing a compelling answer to any questions being raised. The song by its end has left a nicely composed rock/folk ballad which does not light fires but still offers enough to tempt a check out of the forthcoming album.

Definitely a song which makes a stronger suasion with each listen though it does not feel like the natural temptation for newcomers to investigate the album ahead, Japanese Song is another wind of intrigue to the talent of McElroy and certainly well worth a listen or two.

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7/10

RingMaster 15/09/2013

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Ron McElroy – World At War

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Singer/songwriter/guitarist Ron McElroy has earned a wealth of experience from years playing with other artists such as Trouble Over Tokyo and Amber Bella Muse, as well as making notable collaborations with the likes of Juliette Lewis, and Isabella Summers (Florence & the Machine), and writing songs with people such as with Sian Evans (DJ Fresh, Kosheen). Now ahead of his debut album All Her Kisses which is set for an Autumn release, he unveils the first single from the forthcoming release, World At War. A more than capable rock song with the ability to easily satisfy, the track is an open invitation to the man and his sounds which without ripping up trees certainly ensures that attention for his full length is going to be very alert.

The London based musician steps into his own light having helped ignite that of so many others and it has to be said that the single certainly captures the imagination. It is a song which slowly persuades, its initial grabbing of nodding approval soon tempting the listener to add their dollar of effort for a pleasing and lingering union. As mentioned it does not ignite fires of passion with its melodic rock presence but undoubtedly sparks a continuing welcome for its catchy and honest presence.

Starting with big beats and a smokey blues kiss from the guitar, World At War is immediately a warm stroll with anthemic whispers just waiting to jump out. The vocals of McElroy are decent enough without being openly impressive but his skilled and engaging guitar craft certainly is a striking call from the heart of the track, his playing a richly appetising feature. Once the song hits a fiery sonic blaze of things take a further lift with the subsequent second strain of vocals making a better impression and filling the walls of the song with an infectious warm energy. Easy to join and enjoyable to the ear, the track is a fine teaser for the album, and though it is not without elements which do not quite work as well as others World At War makes the upcoming appearance of All Her Kisses an intriguing prospect.

http://www.ron-mcelroy.com/

7/10

RingMaster 22/04/2013

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