With his European Tour kicking off this month, as well as the release of his debut album and new single, he’s had a well above-average September. Heading to Nottingham first, Rhodes is touring around Europe to feed his fan-base’s ever-increasing hunger for more. His new single, ‘Let It All Go’ featuring Birdy; an easy-going, slow-jam made all the more whimsical by Birdy’s lighter-than-air vocals, only highlights why Rhodes is one to watch.
The British-born musician has been on our radar since 2013, when his debut EP ‘Raise Your Love’ was released on Hometown Records. Since then three more EPs have been released, numerous sold-out shows have been performed, and now he graces us with his debut album; ‘Wishes’.
Here, Rhodes gives us a wonderful insight into his favourite films, literature and music.
Notion Moodboard by RHODES
Edward Hopper – Nighthawks [Painting] RHODES: When I first saw this painting I became obsessed with its clean lines and simplicity. It spurred my obsession with America, a country I’m still yet to visit and whenever I see an art deco style building in Paris or London it reminds me of this painting and how it must feel to walk along a New York street. I hope I haven’t over-romanticised it!
John Constable – The Hay Wain [Painting] A print of this painting used to hang in my grandma’s living room. I’d stare at it as a child and wonder whether it made me feel happy or sad; it gave me butterflies in my stomach. It gives me a hugely nostalgic feeling now whenever I see it. I suppose the countryside looked so British that as a kid it seemed very familiar. I probably thought it was my grandpa in the painting and wondered who the dog belonged to.
Sylvia Plath – Wuthering Heights [Poem] I was watching a BBC thing about poets on one of my either unemployed days or college inset days, I can’t remember which. A guy with a velvety voice was reading this out whilst a film of the Yorkshire Moors played out and it was so descriptive and evocative. It reminded of an expedition I did with my school where my friend lost a walking boot in some kind of mud bog thing and it was the first time a poem made me feel like something had happened to me. It bothered me for a while about what it must have been like to be isolated on the moors in the wind and cold. ‘The grass is beating its head distractedly, it is too delicate for a life in such company.’
Cat Stephens – Father and Son [Record] This was the first song I learnt on the guitar aside from some blues things my dad taught me. I snuck a Cat Stevens songbook of my dad’s into my room and there were pictures of the chord shapes in the back; that’s how I learnt to play.
Love – Forever Changes [Record] The first time I heard this record it changed me a little. I listened to it every day for months wherever I’d go and I listen to it now when I’m at home, preferably on vinyl.
Stand By Me [Film] An amazing film about friendship. It’s the kind of adventure all kids want to have (minus the dead body). It embodies the fall outs, the big ideas, the rig leader, the scraps and scrapes, the sticking together, the in-jokes; all the things that happen when you’re a kid in a gang of mates. I love the scene in the scrap yard when they’re being chased; it reminds me of playing ‘knock-down-ginger’ (Still play it sometimes).
Withnail and I [Film] Amazing film for all. This was the go-to hangover film when I first moved to London, so many funny lines in the film and a brilliant representation of two struggling actors in London, specifically Camden where I lived when I arrived. It’s a classic.
Photograph of Robert Johnson: There’s something so iconic and stylish about this photo. For a while, it was the only photo that existed of this incredible and influential Delta blues singer. It’s full of mystery and wonder but also full of presence and grandeur. I love his music.
George Orwell – Down And Out In Paris and London [Novel] This story is amazing and I’m fascinated with the idea that this man actually lived through these tales. This is some amazingly descriptive story telling. I love Paris and London, and part of both of the cities charm are the back streets, cobbled alleyways and rickety hidden-away houses, but this book delves deeper into the deepest darkest corners. My best friend showed me this book and the fact that Orwell once lived in a farmhouse on the outskirts of my home town made it even more wonderful.