George Ezra - Staying At Tamara’s - What You Need To Know
After blowing all expectations out of the water with his debut album Wanted On Voyage, George Ezra has taken his time with a follow-up, but it arrives today (March 23rd). Here is everything you need to know about the hugely anticipated Staying At Tamara’s...
A little background…
It was all the way back in 2014 when singer-songwriter George Ezra Barnett dropped his debut album Wanted On Voyage with his distinctive baritone vocals and nagging range of melodies, not much was expected, but a whole lot was delivered, with over two million sales, including more than a million in the UK alone.
The next three years found Ezra touring relentlessly, going all the way from oversized pubs to the UK’s biggest enormodomes and the top of festival bills. Somewhere in that time, he moved his focus to his second record.
Seeking inspiration of a different kind for his second LP, the album was written in a variety of locations across the globe, including the Isle of Skye, a pig farm in Norfolk, a former cornflour shed in Kent, a converted cowshed in North Wales and an Airbnb in Barcelona. The Airbnb incidentally was owned by Tamara, who gives the album its name.
Who’s producing it?
Ezra’s life might be in a very different place from the creation of his debut, but the way he’s gone about things is exactly the same. Production comes from Cam Blackwood, the go-to man for singer-songwriters, who has worked with Amy Macdonald, Gavin James and Jack Savoretti among others, while Ezra’s writing partner is still Joel Potts, who you might know better as the frontman of Athlete.
Any special guests?
One, well two, Swedish folk stars First Aid Kit offer up their help on a track named ‘Saviour’.
What does it sound like?
As you’d expect from an artist with more than two million sales of his debut album in the bank, this is a bolder, more confident and shinier effort.
There are horns, there are different influences and there aren’t a lot of ballads, but the sound you know from Ezra’s first LP hasn’t been radically altered, which was probably the idea...