David J. Roch, formerly Little Lost David, is a composer of highly emotive and singularly gorgeous music.
David is blessed with a broad ranging voice that can suddenly take flight in an otherworldly soprano whilst plumbing the most ravaged depths of melancholy.
The songs convey a type of drama that when found in pop music isn't always convincing; but in David's case, the highs and lows come across as honest and forthright and make for an exciting new take on the torch song.
The moodily beguiling bent of David's music and his yearning intimate vocal style resonates with echoes of the Buckleys and Nick Drake, or such contemporaries as The National or Rufus Wainwright.
David name-checks jazz chanteuses Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday as personal inspirations, not to mention poets Simon Armitage and William Blake, and numbers Glasgow-based artist David Shrigley in his potent index of influences. An artist whose songs radiate palpable passion and poignancy, David is lost in music and listeners will find it very hard indeed not to slip away and join him.
After a year of low-key gigs and an appearance in a Ch4 special, David has begun to attract attention from some very well connected individuals.
His album is produced by Grinderman and Bad Seed James Sclavunos and September sees him on tour with I Am Arrows.
David J Roch UK tour dates with I Am Arrows:
(Dates and information subject to change.)
Monday 13th September Nottingham, Bodega
Tuesday 14th September Southampton, Joiners
Thursday 16th September Cardiff, Barfly
Friday 17th September Wimbledon, New Slang at Watershed
Sunday 19th September Glasgow, King Tuts
Monday 20 September Leeds, Cockpit
Tuesday 21st September Oxford, Jericho
Thursday 23rd September London, 100 Club
"David Roch serves up attention grabbing mix of the confessional, low key melodies of Tom McRae with baroque arrangements that wouldn't shame Rufus Wainwright. It helps that his aching voice is a match for both." - Q Magazine
"Moodily beguiling fare, a sweet soprano and moodily ravaged voice, sources Billie Holiday and Nick Drake." - Time Out
"A voice that can soar to ethereal heights as effortlessly as it plumbs red-raw depths" - The Guardian
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