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Royal Wood


Country of origin:

Canada

Type of music generally:

Alternative pop with jazz leanings

Status:

Most recent release, Ghost Light (2016)

See also:

Royal Wood's site

Comparisons:

Jeff Buckley, Rufus Wainwright

Covers/own material:

Own

General comments:

Royal Wood's style is fanciful and ornate, like Rufus Wainwright's. His voice is equally elastic and kind of like Jeff Buckley's as well. (stjarnell@yahoo.com)

Recommended first album:

The Milkweed EP is the only one we've heard

Recordings:

  • The Milkweed EP (2002)
  • Tall Tales (2004)
  • A Good Enough Day (2007)
  • The Lost and Found EP (2008)
  • The Waiting (2010)
  • We Were Born To Glory (2012)
  • The Burning Bright (2014)
  • I Wish You Well (2014)
  • Ghost Light (2016)

The Milkweed EP

Release info:

2002—Sherpa Records—SR-002

Availability:

See Royal Wood's website for availability

Ecto priority:

Recommended

Group members:

Royal Wood—vocals, and all

Guest artists:

Adam Hay—drums on 3 tracks
Sarah McElcheran—horns on 2 tracks
Mark Nicholson—acoustic guitar on 1 track
Woody Brown—bass on 1 track
Edwards Reifel—drums on 1 track

Produced by:

Royal Wood

Comments:

A very pleasant ep that has echoes of the pre-rock'n'roll era's songwriting. Royal Wood has a lot in common with Rufus Wainwright. Vocally he soars like Jeff Buckley.
     "Chamomile" is a jaunty, carefree song that sounds very english. "Freezing in Fire" has a very Buckley-esque vocal. "Off My Sleeve" is a poignant ballad. Some of Wood's love for Randy Newman shows clearly here. Royal Wood (is that his real name?) has made a perfect start to his career and is destined for great things. (stjarnell@yahoo.com)


Thanks to Anna Maria Stjärnell for work on this entry.

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