What's the deal with… George Ezra?

Get the lowdown on this young singer-songwriter, tipped for success in 2014

Photo: Danny North

What are you listening to?
Did you hear the rain?

Yes mate, it’s been pissing it down.

Sorry, I meant, ‘Did You Hear the Rain?’, the recent EP by rising (though not damp) singer-songwriter George Ezra.

Oh, I’ve heard about him. He’s the ‘new Bob Dylan’, right?
Er… try the ‘new Jake Bugg’ for starters. Bristol boy Ezra has some of Dylan’s feel for breezy guitar and impressionist lyrics, but he’s a decidedly new-school talent – mixing up rock ’n’ roll fuzz with old-time stomp.

What’s the best song he’s written that’s inspired by an eastern European capital city?
That would be ‘Budapest’ – a catchy little ditty about leaving everything behind in the name of love.

How lovely.
Well, quite. Ezra has a touch of the Tom Odell about him, which bodes well for future record sales. Plus, he’s been tipped by the BBC as part of their Sound of 2014 poll. Catch him live if you want to see for yourself.

Only if it’s dry out…
Pack a brolly. This one’s worth braving the elements for.

The Bottom Line: Your new favourite singer-songwriter.

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