The Gypsy Soul Of Tiwayo
Jeremy Williams-Chalmers, Arts Correspondent
Tiwayo is a man of mystery. While he has revealed that his debut album was recorded in the US with Mark Neill (The Black Keys), the story behind the songs contained within The Gypsy Soul of Tiwayo are left to the listener's own interpretation.
Although unusual in this era of the overshare, Tiwayo's reluctance to paint a detailed pictured holds immediate appeal. It is a truly rare experience these days to be able to approach an album without having already painted a complete picture of what it will sound like.
When the album you discover is as rich and beautiful as The Gypsy Soul of Tiwayo, the sense of discovery and revelation is only heightened by the air of mystery. A true treasure trove, it is the marriage of Tiwayo's unforgettably soulful vocals and the tumultuous journey contained within the stories of the album's 12 tracks that will really move your soul.
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While it could be argued that he stays within a safe, almost radio friendly terrain on his debut album, there are enough shades of light and dark within his storytelling delivery to lift this album well above the average level of debut material.
Although the album does contain a few key moments - the atmospheric drama of Wild, the soulful highlight Love Me Like You Say and 60s jam Bed Of Stone - it is a collection that can be listened to time and again without ever needing to jump past any of the album's impressive compositions.
Tiwayo may still be at the very start of his musical journey, but The Gypsy Soul of Tiwayo shows that he has the potential to join the elite of the industry. This isn't a perfect debut, but some of its flaws make it more interesting. Just like the rather sexy man of mystery himself.
The Gypsy Soul Of Tiwayo, 8th March 2019, 19:22 PM