From releasing his first EP, Escapade, to headlining Shepherds Bush Empire in London, it’s safe to say Saint Raymond has had a pretty monumental career so far. But with his debut album Young Blood peaking at No.8 in the Official UK Charts after only one week of release, he’s set for a long road of success. The album – although being our favourite things in the world – speaks love, lust and heartbreak. It’s literally heaven to your headphones.
As a whole, Young Blood doesn’t shy from Callum’s general style of groovy bass lines, chirpy chants and youthful lyrics. That said though, a delicate side to the usually upbeat, fun Saint Raymond is unveiled in soothing tracks Carry Her Home, This Town and Movie In My Mind. And with these stripped back sounds comes a perfect viewing of Callum’s especial vocals, sampled beautifully against his own harmonies.
Rewinding back to past releases that you’ll know and love, – if not heard on the popular show Made In Chelsea – the 17 track record previews new and improved versions of tracks such as Young Blood. Just by adding a couple captivating riffs and attractive harmonies, the 20 year old singer has completely changed the face of party playlists. Although having many tracks from early EP’s, this record still feels freshly washed. And where some albums strive off single releases, Young Blood has hidden treasures throughout. Great Escape, for instance, whilst being a Vinyl Noise favourite, boasts Saint Raymond’s potential to create a laid back, dramatic anthem. Just as the opening track, Letting Go, leads a strong and hypnotizing start, the album finishes with Never Let You Go, a truly powerful punch line.
From an EP to an album, Saint Raymond has the power to pick up a bad days work with fun-filled tunes. You’ll be surrounded by nothing but sunshine and parties with this on repeat. And whether that’s a sole reason to stick this on, who knows, maybe you’ll just love the carefree, summery style to these tracks – we sure do.
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