Bands to Watch #365: Blanco White

By on Thursday, 24th December 2015 at 1:00 pm

London singer/songwriter Josh Edwards has only recently finished recording his debut EP under the reiterative moniker Blanco White, but his music has already created a stir on Spotify, receiving over 150,000 plays. Featured last week on the streaming service’s New Music Friday U.S. and Weekend Buzz playlists, Blanco White’s new track is called ‘November Rain’, but it is most definitely (and most thankfully) not a cover of the early ‘90s Guns ‘n’ Roses song of the same name.

Instead, Blanco White’s sound is more along the lines of Nick Mulvey‘s globally influenced folk. Josh Edwards’ singing voice is immediately suggestive of Marcus Mumford, which will appeal to pop-oriented listeners who might prefer the easy accessibility of Mumford and Sons, but Edwards’ vocal delivery is much more emotionally refined, and his music spans a more subtly shaded dynamic continuum.

The distinctly Spanish flavour of ‘November Rain’ should come as no surprise, as its arrangement reflects Edwards’ guitar studies in Cádiz, as well as the time he spent learning to play an Andean stringed instrument called the charango in Bolivia. ‘November Rain’ is driven by the momentum of its ornate and deftly executed guitar rhythms, while its pervasive minor key harmonies mirror the vaguely dark sentimentality of its lyrics. Lofty bowed strings and woodwind countermelodies in the orchestration infuse the song with just a hint of inviting warmth, perhaps an allusion to the gentle glow you’d long to feel upon coming in from the chill outdoors in the bleakness of mid-winter.

You’ll have to wait nearly until winter’s end to hear Blanco White’s full debut EP titled ‘The Wind Rose’, which is due for release on the 6th of February 2016 via Yucatan Records. But in the spirit of the current season, you can stream ‘November Rain’ on Spotify or take a listen just below.

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