My favorite thing to do at work, is surprisingly not to work but instead to go on Spotify and play a random playlist with hopes of finding my next favorite artist. Such was the case when I stumbled upon Billy Raffoul’s music yesterday morning.
In addition to the fact that I am extremely jealous of his luscious locks, I found myself completely obsessed with everything about his sound. So did I fall in love with him? Really the only thing that’s stopping me from falling head over heels is the fact that he’s 22 and I’m a solid 94 years old. I mean, I’m sure we could make it work but- I swear this blog post has a point and I’m getting to it.
Billy Raffoul is a singer-songwriter from Leamington, Ontario and his sound is being compared to the likes of Neil Young and Jeff Buckley; which I’d say means that he’s off to a great start. Though you can count his musical releases on one hand, I can promise you that all songs will be in constant rotation once you listen to them for the first time.
His voice is full of rasp and the kind of grittiness that forces you to feel what the person is singing about. I spent the better part of my night last night watching videos of Billy Raffoul performing his music live and I can guarantee you that he performs with as much passion as you hear in his songs.
“Difficult” is the first song of his that jumped out at me.
And now I’m standing in the rain
And your hair, it’s falling in your face
And I know we’re doing the right thing
But I can’t help wondering, who will take my place?
The soulful voice hits your first but it’s the rock and roll sound that takes you by surprise. In an era obsessed with Pop music, this is the kind of sound that is necessary for the emotional impact. His song “Acoustic” strips it all back, with a solo guitar leading the musicality while the song challenges you to become the best stripped-down version of yourself.
Let me see the real you
Baby, take off all your make-up
Undress me to the naked truth
Until we’re both uncomplicated
Let’s hold the things we wanna do
It’s so much better when we’re naked
Billy Raffoul has infiltrated multiple of my playlists at this point and I cannot wait for an entire debut album to come from his magical singer-songwriter brain.