George Ezra has released his eagerly anticipated debut album, Wanted On Voyage, in digital, CD and gatefold vinyl formats on Columbia Records through Sony Music Entertainment Australia. The first single, -Budapest', is at radio now - watch the video here: smartURL.it/BudapestVideo
Ezra first posted -Budapest' online as a free download last autumn and in little more than six months, the song had been streamed more than 10 million times on Spotify and five million times on YouTube, taking root in the top 10 across Europe. His first two EP releases - Did You Hear The Rain? and Cassy O' - both hit the top 10 on the UK iTunes chart and he leaves a trail of sold out shows in his wake, including a 22-date debut UK tour. Unsurprisingly with that record, Ezra made the top five of the BBC Sound of 2014, as well as Ones to Watch lists from the likes of Vevo, Xfm, iTunes & MTV.
'I keep being told that this is my year," he says. 'Which is nice, but problematic because I'm planning to be around in 2015 and long beyond."
Wanted On Voyage was recorded between early November and mid January in Clapham, south London with producer Cam Blackwood. Ezra plays guitar, bass and keyboards on the album. With its -What are you waiting for?' refrain, album opener -Blame It On Me', set to a skiffle shuffle, sums up the singer's mantra of just getting on with the job, while -Listen To The Man' is a woozy, bluesy, summery-sounding lesson in self belief. Sonically, Wanted On Voyage's most surprising song is the electronica-driven -Stand By Your Gun', which could be The Blue Nile doing disco. A lyrical wit rarely seen in his contemporaries runs throughout, none more so than on -Drawing Board', a fantasy retaliation aimed at an ex when a relationship goes sour.
'It's definitely a fun sounding album," says Ezra. 'Probably because it was such fun to make." Watch the recording process of Wanted On Voyage: http://youtu.be/Mcru_xcUnc8<h3
Wanted On Voyage Tracklisting
Blame It On Me
Listen To The Man
Leaving It Up To You
Did You Hear the Rain?
Stand By Your Gun
Over The Creek