Release Date: Jun 3, 2016
Record label: Chemikal Underground
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
Telling the Trees marks something of a new chapter for RM Hubbert. His last album, Breaks & Bones, completed what’s now called his 'Ampersand trilogy'; three deeply personal records that channelled grief and depression into something singularly beautiful. Now he’s moving on, but a new chapter doesn’t necessarily mean a clean break with the past.
?Music for music’s sake is quite agreeable enough but Hubbert is making music compulsively, as therapy. The mission behind the music adds a rich purpose that will mean much, to many. I recall the first time I caught sight of the man, a year or more back: A heartfelt “thanks!’ flows out of RM Hubbert as he looks out over the Summerhall crowd in Edinburgh.
One of RM Hubbert's many charms is his ability to pick apart the scars of life, opening them for collective inspection. A bare, enticing vulnerability is omnipresent in his recorded work and live performances, examined through strums, plucks and finger taps, and the stories and the spaces in between. Since debut solo album First & Last saw instrumental guitar pieces as diary entries, songs used as a coping mechanism through times of grief and illness, Hubby has continued an impressive, unforeseen musical evolution.