Distributor/label: Touch Tones Music
Buy Album: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dinard-Iwan-Rheon/dp/B00UE0FPE2
Band Website: http://iwanrheon.com/
Iwan Rheon – All instruments and vocals
3. Can’t Avoid the Sun
5. Feel It Coming
7. Top Of The Road
10. Tongue Tied
11. Magic Seeds
Iwan Rheon might not be a name on every folk music fan’s lips, as he is renowned more for his acting career which involves Game of Thrones, The Dirt and Misfits. Though as well as his on-screen talents, the young Welshman took time out of his thespian day job to release an album all the way back in 2015.
I should point out first, given that this is an alternative publication, that this is not a neofolk album if you were under that impression. It is more appropriate to say this is a regular acoustic-driven folk release that pleased the airwaves at the time of its release, for acoustic-driven music was popular over most of the 2010s.
That being said, I can’t call this generic white-guy-with-acoustic-guitar music as Rheon catches the listener with his memorable and emotional croons, accompanied by memorable guitar riffs that will stick in your head easily. Romance and personal stories drive the majority of the album, which is all very well if you like that sort of thing, though if you like folk that’s influenced more by an artist’s life and surroundings, there sadly isn’t anything relating to Wales or local culture – however, Rheon does venture into his native tongue several times if that would suffice.
Though I will say Rheon knows what he’s doing and has a talent for his songs that vary in nature. “Can’t Avoid the Sun” is a smile-inducing folk piece and “Diaries” has plenty of atmospheres to reflect the slightly dark tone.
Speaking as a follower of classic folk, I’d say Rheon has done an impressive job but is nowhere near the masters of the genre like James Taylor and Cat Stevens to name a few. But at the same time, he hasn’t given us another hunk of whiny, middle-class schlock which made Ed Sheeran and his lackeys the most listened to artists of the last decade.
Rheon has substance, and it will be interesting to see what his next release will be like if he intends on making another.