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Album Review: Conrad Vingoe: Tomorrow, Then PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sam Lightle   
04 02 2015
ImageBrighton folk singer Conrad Vingoe is back and is releasing the fourth slice of his magical music. Tomorrow, Then, is an LP spanning 13 beautifully crafted tracks, that really encapsulate the true identity of this musician. 

Hand On My Heart, starts proceedings off with somber chords that are deep and very alluring. Vingoe's voice sucks you in and your imagination starts racing. There's an energy that's plucked from his flowing guitar style. But this is replaced for more of a strum in the albums first single, Fail. It's a more upbeat track but nevertheless, Vingoe is still as powerful and really dominates the song which is the most autobiographical number on the record. 

Having worked on the LP with legendary producer Phill Brown, who is well known for his work with the likes of Led Zeppelin and Bob Marley, it's clear it's done this young folk musician wonders... 

And you can really see the beauty they've crafted in Barrier. It's an airy number that's a solid beat. But it's extremely delicate. You need to listen hard to appreciate it. 

Letters In The Night is a simple track with a basic acoustic riff that's melodic and is enough to provide the song with a sturdy base to blossom from. However, in quite contrast, the following track Hurricane is even more stripped back. Vingoe's voice is strikingly like Benjamin Leftwich's.

The sheer repetition of Vingoe's vocal tones is another delightful asset. Quite often in the 21st century, ‘good' music gets overlooked because it doesn't have a huge drop or a thumping baseline. But Stories, Little Things and Stop Dreaming are further examples of Vingoe's graft.

It's gentle, soulful and wonderfully honest. There's nothing fake in this album. It's just a musician with a no-gimmick approach and the final two tracks, Pendulum and Travelling really leave you wanting more. 

Pendulum is a slow track while, Travelling leaves the record rolling with a more tenacious beat that compels you to tap your foot and bop your head to Vingoe's intimate tones. 

Vingoe has managed to produce an album here that exudes prettiness. It's crafted with simple elements, like his plucked acoustic guitar, that played together blossom beautifully. Tomorrow, Then is definitely an example that Vingoe is a shining beacon for often an overlooked and undervalued genre of music. 

8/10

Release date: February 23, 2015

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