David J Roch – This Is For You, Whether I’ve Met You Or Not [EP] [Review]

The thing that will strike you about This Is For You, Whether I’ve Met You Or Not – 4 stripped back versions of songs that will later appear in all their expansive glory on David J Roch‘s debut album – is the sheer range of the man’s voice. There is nothing he cannot sing.
In just these 4 songs he goes from the lowest baritone to the highest falsetto and everything in between – it truly is staggering.

Opening proceedings is the haunting ‘Hour Of Need’ in which Roch vulnerably utters ‘I would have done anything to be there’ over muted acoustic guitar. It is a strong opener but only really hints at the stunning vocal range that awaits.

‘The Lost Child’, however, makes full use of those gifted vocal chords. The ambient intro serves as a back drop for Roch’s perfect, piercing falsetto before the guitars and drums kick in and the song turns into a powerful stomp.
Meanwhile ‘Lord Knows’ is vaguely reminiscent of Coldplay‘s ‘Warning Sign’ but instead of plodding along quietly, explodes when the chorus arrives – once more utilising those vocal chords to glorious effect.

‘Dum Spiro, Spero’ which is Latin and translates as While I Breathe, I Hope has the honour of closing this EP, and a stellar job it does too. The simple acoustic track which, once again, benefits from Roch’s stunning voice, is only two and a half minutes long but is starkly moving and a real highlight.

As an advert for the forthcoming album, the EP certainly does the trick. The most impressive thing about it though, is that it is a wonderful piece of work in it’s own right. A beautiful way to spend 15 minutes of your time.

-David Tinkler

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