As you might already know, I have this intense favoritism towards Christopher Bailey and his brand Burberry. But in addition to design and overall British charisma, one of the biggest things that drew me to the brand is Bailey’s choice in music, especially for runways. Christopher Bailey’s Music Monday which he shares on the brand’s twitter link is something I look forward to every week. His Burberry Acoustic videos never fail to put a spotlight on emerging artists. And his selection for runway music, which often include sounds from now-famed artists like Tom Odell, George Ezra, and James Bay, during fashion shows highly adds on the attitude and confidence to the collection, and is often considered the highlight of the show for some. RHODES is one of the Burberry artists who never fails to put a deeper meaning to the brand.
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Like the rest of the Burberry artists David Rhodes is British. He comes from Baldock in Hertfordshire. From the effortlessly serious, moody, solemn, and dramatic sound to his stage name encompassing of only his last name, Rhodes carries a subtle and mysterious overtone. Discovering his talent for music only about three years ago, Rhodes is definitely the new kid on the block. But his little experience is not getting in his way of success. After performing only a single digit amount of gigs , some of which alongside of artists like Sam Smith, Rhodes embarked on his first headline-tour last year and sold out sold out all three London shows at the Sebright Arms. Beyond the stages of his tour gigs and summer festivals, Rhodes is no doubt making waves as well at the fashion stages for Burberry. After performing Raise Your Love on the same stage as Paloma Faith at the autumn winter 2014 show at Burberry Prorsum last year, he came back at the spring summer 2016 menswear show to do a full show with an orchestra.
What Rhodes captivates his growing fanbase is his rich and seemingly effortless soulful sounds. Often building from slow acoustic rhythms to soaring high notes, with wavering yet controlled falsettos on the side, Rhodes’ compositions contains a dramatic and emotional echoing distant vibe that seems to pull the audience into a sense of weightlessness. Rhodes carries such a distinctive tone and attitude that can only be described as “a one-man Coldplay”, and that alone doesn’t even do his sounds any justice.
After his success with the Raise Your Love EP in 2014, Rhodes had gone on to release 3 more EPs, Morning, Home, and Turning Back Around, along with two new singles this year, Close Your Eyes (which he performed for the ss16 show) and Somebody. In the mix is also his Live for Burberry soundtrack, which encompasses of Close Your Eyes, Breathe, Vienna (cover), and I Put A Spell On You (cover). With his debut album, Wishes, said to be released in September this year, it looks like David Rhodes is set to be climbing up the charts and there’s no escape, not that you would want him to anyways.
We’re totally obsessed, and you should be, too.
Similar to: Adele, Coldplay, Amber Run
All the love.