Sometimes it takes time for an artist to truly find their feet, to gain the confidence needed to take the right artistic steps and create what they’re truly capable of; on the eve of his fourth LP, titled A.M, the Oxford-born artist Richard Walters seems to have found his footing, evidenced by new single “U”. Listen here.
“U” manages to be both delicate yet soaring, concise yet epic, and combines Walters’ ethereal vocal with an irresistible melodic hook. Produced by rising Londoner Aidan O’Brien (Ider, Cass Lowe), the track hurtles from lush, warm pianos to gigantic, earth-shaking rhythms and stirring strings within the space of four minutes. It’s unashamedly pop and emotional, and ultimately is an exciting return.
Back in 2009, at the time of his debut album, The Guardian’s Paul Lester wrote “Richard Walters is good. Really Good…Finally a male singer-songwriter that I actually enjoy!” Since then Walters has released two further full-length albums and several EPs, each a progression in sound and style. In 2013 he quietly announced that he would be taking a break from the solo game to concentrate on a collaborative project called Liu Bei.
The upcoming release of A.M follows a frenetic two years for Walters, with Liu Bei releasing three critically acclaimed singles and touring alongside the likes of Dry the River, Gengahr and Communion signees Banfi throughout 2014 and 2015. Walters has also become a much in demand co-writer and collaborator, working with a truly eclectic mixture of artists including British pop legend Alison Moyet, million-selling Finnish cello-led metal band Apocalyptica, superstar German house DJ Solomun and even poet & novelist Simfon Armitage CBE.
The album ‘A.M’ is out October 14th 2016 on Pilotlights Music.