Liverpudlian singer-songwriter Robert Vincent is a premier voice in the UK’s Americana circuit, having received the inaugural Emerging Artist Award from famed British broadcaster “Whispering” Bob Harris in 2016 — who described him as ‘”absolutely magnetic,” Vincent was then invited onto BBC4’s Old Grey Whistle Test: For One Night Only. That performance marked a real breakthrough for the musician, establishing him as one of the U.K.’s leading lights in Americana and propelling him to #1 in the iTunes Country chart. MOJO described Vincent as “a young man filled with dreams, regret and shocking talent, giving his all,” while Q has called his music “thoroughly modern country rock.”
His new album In This Town You’re Owned (out February 14th via Thirty Tigers) was produced by BRIT (British Record Industry) award-winning Ethan Johns — acclaimed for his production work with Paul McCartney, Kings of Leon and Laura Marling, among others. With the new album, Vincent deals in hard truths and easy melodies, furthering the tradition of classically crafted songwriting that asks the difficult questions about everyday emotions. His universal themes should earn him new fans on the other side of the Atlantic. Though Vincent’s tastes are eclectic and his influences many, the Americana circuit continues to provide support and inspiration for him as an artist. “It’s nice to have a family and have a home,” he says. “In itself it’s priceless — it can be quite lonely being a musician.”
Today Glide is excited to premiere “Conundrum”, one of the standout tracks on the new album. Featuring eloquent banjo and twangy guitar, the song is a soft-hearted Americana rocker that also incorporates a touch of power pop. Vincent’s folky harmonies shine as the song gains momentum, with building guitar to accentuate the emotion of the song. It’s easy to hear contemporaries like Jason Isbell, Josh Ritter and Gregory Alan Isakov in Vincent’s songwriting and music, yet his sound is also entirely his own. “Conundrum” is infectious and powerful, and it stands as a testament to Vincent’s songwriting craftmanship that is sure to start turning heads here in the States.
Robert Vincent describes the inspiration behind the song:
“We are faced with a Conundrum about whether or not to remain as consumers, and continually take from the world we live in. Or to start looking after our planet, ‘We take love from this world, try to leave some when you go’. We all have a responsibility as individuals to try to fix the damage we are doing. ‘You’re born into this world alone, try to leave it better off when you go'”.
In This Town You’re Owned is out February 14th on Thirty Tigers. For more music and info visit robvincentmusic.com.
Photo credit: Alex Hurst