The indie-pop artist first entered the music scene in 2013 with his debut EP ‘Escapade’. The presence of Saint Raymond on the BBC Introducing stage at Reading and Leeds Festival that year propelled his name further. Raymond subsequently signed with Asylum Records, home to pop superstar Ed Sheeran. It gave Raymond that edgier pop image and recognition he needed.
Saint Raymond’s 2015 debut album ‘Young Blood’ is a dreamy indie-pop mix. It succeeded in reaching no. 8 in the UK album chart. The album is produced by Jacknife Lee, whose work includes U2, Bloc Party and Kasabian. However, Jacknife’s work with pop-princess Taylor Swift also creates a heavy pop vibe for Raymond.
‘Movie In My Mind’ is one of the best on the album, with its slow and solemn tone. Lyrics like “Burning bridges one by one | Can we even right our wrongs” create a heartbreaking image of naive love. Yet the album is also full of upbeat songs to bop your head along to. It’s reminiscent of that positive and energetic summer sound of Bastille.
The singer-songwriter is back in 2018 after a long break from touring. First supporting American girl band icons Haim in 2013, Saint Raymond then joined Ed Sheeran on his 2014 UK and Europe tour. Following the release of ‘Young Blood’, Raymond went on his very own tour in 2015.
Now 23, the Nottingham-born artist has now released a string of singles in 2018: ‘Dancing’, ‘Carried Away’, ‘One More Night’, and ‘Echo’. The tracks have a more mature sound with less ‘woah oh ohs’ and a more story like quality to his music. The lyrics in ‘Echo’, “I wouldn’t change anything | You, you’re my everything” add a melancholy that is familiar within his music.
Saint Raymond’s Newcastle gig is highly anticipated and sure to delight many, from classic indie music fans to those more devoted to catchy pop.