“I’ve been through some of the most wonderful, life-changing experiences with people I could never have dreamed of being so close to,” he says. “I’ve run away to some of the world’s most beautiful and secret corners searching for whatever it is I’m looking for. And I’ve managed to find a place that, for now at least, I’m feeling good about. I’ve written songs about those moments of realization, about hope, about love, about hurt and those flashes of clarity when you’re growing into your skin. These days it feels like I’m waking up and reaching out for something with open eyes and open arms.”
If you listen closely you’ll hear a man falling apart then putting himself back together. Passionately personal and reassuringly universal, these new songs switch the abstract, poetic lyricism of Rhodes’ earlier work with a new-found honesty and directness.