Good Day Noir Family,
our “E.A.Poets Approved/Bands We Like” section is dedicated to RockCounsellor. I discovered this fantastic artist while shuffling songs on Spotify and I instantly liked the vibes of his music.
The first thing that struck me is the quality of this music played by incredible musicians. There is a lot of understanding between the rhythmic session and the song goes fast.
Beautiful construction of melodies and refined harmonic arrangements. The songs vary a lot and you never get bored. With the inclusion of different sounds and instruments that keep the listener’s attention throughout the duration of the piece.
The sounds are reminiscent of vintage 80s music where the musicians were still important and not already replaced by these hateful Beats that even a child could do.
This music is real music.
To make an album like this it takes time, passion and above all, you need to know how to play.
MusicTherapy is RockCounsellor’s debut Album out now!
Great technique and excellent musical taste!
RockCounsellor is the alias of Camden based songwriter, musician, and addiction therapist, Thoby Burton. MusicTherapy is RockCounsellor’s debut album on Burton’s own label, Blue Porcelain.
The recording sessions that culminated in the MusicTherapy album were, as the title suggests, intended to be therapeutic. Burton was diagnosed with bladder cancer and resolved to record an album over the duration of the treatment programme to support him emotionally and distract him from the prospect of the discomfort and indignity of the medical procedures.
His diagnosis also inspired a period of self-reflection and the desire to make the album a celebration of the classic rock and pop of the 70s and 80s that had made him the songwriter and musician he had become. Burton chose to collaborate with producer, multi-instrumentalist and composer, Richard Campbell, knowing from having worked together in the past that he shared a passion for the same music. He also needed Campbell to play bass and drums for him, which he keenly agreed to do. In fact, Campbell ended up doing much more than that, contributing guitar and keyboard parts, and solos, as well as orchestrating Burton’s musical melody lines.
As a songwriter and as a therapist, Burton is interested in people and relationships. Many of MusicTherapy’s songs reflect this by using relationships to present their topics of vulnerability, cancer, drinking, greed, ageing, loss, and righteousness.