Ned Roberts - the new album

'A hopeless romantic' - Maverick magazine

A spectacular third album from Ned Roberts, produced by the equally spectacular Luther Russell, is about to be released. John Roffey's review for Maverick of Ned's second album, Outside My Mind, also had this to say:

The songs are all expertly crafted and delivered beautifully; simple easy listening ballads, with the artist only occasionally upping the tempo slightly on the likes of Angel Station, with its ‘desperately waiting for a date in the rain’ theme; don’t worry, she turns up eventually! I really liked this album which grew on me more and more with repeated plays. Highly recommended.  

And this for his debut album from the Guardian:

Singer-songwriter Ned Roberts’s debut album, recorded in LA with producer Luther Russell (Richmond Fontaine, Noah and the Whale) is a warm treat. Roberts is a fine guitar picker, his melodies reminiscent of Leonard Cohen with lyrical nods to Bob Dylan, and his voice has echoes of Tim Hardin. Refreshingly brief at under 40 minutes, the album is full of little twists, as when the texture changes in See You Sometime, Roberts’s voice suddenly soaked in reverb and warm piano chords kick in, or when the cello starts up in I Remember You Said; the frenetic tabla in the otherwise ethereal setting by Roberts’s brother Barney of Oberon’s speech “I know a bank where the wild thyme blows” from A Midsummer Night’s Dream creates a pleasing tension and harks back to late 60s experimentalism. The closing single, Blues No 6, a duet with Sarabeth Tucek, has already received airplay in all the right places.

Ned Roberts has been an integral part of the summer school for over a decade, house manager, barman, and co-ordinator of the weekly cabaret. Over the years our innumerable returnees have witnessed the development of his art and have become his most ardent followers.

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All you need to know about Ned Roberts can be found here; and check out the new video Song Bird, filmed, directed and edited by Barney Roberts.

Ned says: it's a song of memory and loss – about how shared experiences can be remembered differently, in a different light.  Each verse is a call and response, one fragment of memory answering another.  It’s only in the final verse when the memories coalesce.

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