REVIEW: Bobby Alu | Bay Sessions

Returning from a massive tour with blues and roots legend Xavier Rudd, Bobby Alu has recorded and filmed his summery six track E.P Bay Sessions in Byron Bay’s Inky’s Studio.

He’s just about to embark on his national tour for release of his E.P, kicking off in WA and making his way to the east coast for the annual Bleach Festival. Bobby has supported the likes of The Beautiful Girls and as mentioned before Xavier Rudd and has returned to the studio feeling rejuvenated and inspired to lay down some new tracks for our ears. The release of the first single from the E.P, My Style isall about self-acceptance, ‘I hope that you don’t mind, cause this is my style and it’s been here a while’. The single stimulates inner peace and automatically soothes the soul, Bobby’s soulful voice and self-empowering lyrics creates a positive aura for the listener.

You’re sitting by the beach with your mates cracking open a few beers watching the sun setting on a summery afternoon; that is the kind of imagery created throughout Bobby’s music. Song five, Something is a super groovy and propitious song that is bound to make you shake your hips, full of loved-up lyrics and infectious harmonies. Mana, meaning an impersonal power is a beautiful and powerful instrumental piece that breaks up the other tracks nicely. The composition and combination of instruments soothes the soul as you get lost in the music, it also allows Bobby to show off his epic ukulele skills.

Bay Sessions is a beautiful collection of uplifting and diverse instrumentals and solicitous lyrics. Bobby’s approach to music encourages individuals to embrace their quirks and pure individualism, it’s not very often that music makes you feel so positive about yourself these days, but Alu does a fantastic job of making you smile and high-five yourself. After playing the monumental Blues and Roots Festival, Byron Bay’s Bluesfest back in 2011, Bobby Alu has been a much-loved artist all over Australia and internationally ever since. You can catch him on his own turf at this year’s Bleach Festival in March.

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