Blue Rose Code – ‘Ebb and Flow’ [Navigator]

Four months on from the release of his brilliant album The Water of Leith, Blue Rose Code, aka acclaimed singer-songwriter Ross Wilson, releases his new single ‘Ebb and Flow’.

Having picked up the award for Scottish Album of the Yearfrom The Skinny and earned comparisons to John Martyn and Van Morrison, he’s built a reputation as an accomplished and thoughtful songwriter and ‘Ebb and Flow’ is another excellent addition to his canon.

Speaking about the single Wilson said: “above the entrance to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art there is a neon sign that exclaims “Everything Is Going To Be Alright!”. The problem that I have with that is I wasted so long waiting for everything to be alright, waiting for something to happen but now, the truth as I see it is that everything is alright. A subtle but powerful difference. There is nothing wrong with right now, that’s what the song is about.”

As for the tune itself, it’s a darting romp built on sprightly piano and saxophone that brings to mind early Springsteen.

Wilson’s playful voice darts about over a lush bed of harmonies as he quips “never try to find troubles, trouble will find you”.

It’s a bold choice to release a song with a whistling break in the middle of winter, but the message here is to keep up hope.

Life itself will ebb and flow and good times will come again.

With tracks like this Wilson is more than ready to seize the day when they do.

Words: Max Sefton

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