Richie Pavledis

"Hope Street"

(Independent); Singer/songwriter

By ​Phil ​Bennett

Richie Pavledis has been plying his folky/bluesy trade for a long, long time and a new release of his is always a comforting treat.

This time around, he’s joined by the superb creative talents of guitarist Marc Gordon (lovely twanging solo on Thank You) and saxophonist Bill Rogers (breezy, easy lines decorating the title track) and recording meister and keyboardist James Hewgill.

Much of the sound, though, comes from Pavledis’ own overdubbing of instruments and these guests simply provide some nimble dashes of colour to what is already a rich, earthy hue.

A big part of the easygoing charm of this album is the sound of his vocal self harmonising, the blend of his own double tracked voice quite accurately reflecting the man’s lyrics - light and deep at the same time.

Though based in Sweden now, his sound is still rooted in the dust and dirt of Australia, particularly on numbers such as Land Of Dreams and the melodies and syllables often draw out like highway horizons.

This is an eminently listenable album, with its songs gently rocking along with a smoothness and intrinsically feel good quality.

Another fine recording to add to a body of work that can best be described as honest, unpretentious and performed with arms wide open.

Songs that have the gentle power to warm like the sun’s rays.

Lovely.

​Phil ​Bennett

Musician, actor, singer, music reviewer, Phil’s interests cover a lot of bases and this is reflected in the music he writes about. From blues to soul, ambient to electronic, Phil writes about artists he feels are interesting, true to their craft and worthy of your ears.