I’d been aware of the name Richard Batty for some time but hadn’t heard any of his music until I managed to catch part of his solo set at the Unity’s Liverpool Acoustic Festival back in February. I was impressed then and having listened to his new EP Loaded Gun (EP? Mini album? What is the difference?) I’m even more impressed.
Good Weather is a catchy, radio-friendly opener that starts with vocals and guitar before the strings and the rest of the band kick in. Batty utilises a combination of acoustic guitar, electric guitar, keyboard, percussion, and strings to deliver confident songs such as the uplifting Higher Ground and the jaunty Give It Heart.
A couple of departures from this formula in terms of style include title track Loaded Gun, a moody affair in a minor key where the electric guitar takes the lead, helped with rolling cymbals, haunting string arrangement and military drum refrain. The beautiful, piano-based ballad Something In The Atmosphere is my favourite song and the perfect way to close the EP.
Loaded Gun is a well-crafted collection of seven songs from one of Liverpool’s hidden gems and perfectly showcases singer-songwriter Batty’s polished style of acoustic-driven pop.
Graham Holland is the owner and editor of the Liverpool Acoustic website, and runs Liverpool Acoustic’s award-winning live music events with local musician Stuart Todd. In real life he’s a Web Development Officer, has been producing podcasts on a regular basis since July 2006, and runs a number of websites for other organisations. He lives in Wavertree with his husband and their cat Xiao Hei.