Sonically, Restless Minds is every bit as bold. While Cartwheels saw Ward Thomas reach beyond the so-called UK country of From Where We Stand, the DIY debut they made in their teens, Restless Minds goes far further. Country influences still surface on some songs, less on others. Harmonies still play a large part, but both pushed themselves solo to adapt to punchier sounds.
The album was produced in London, partly with Martin Terefe (Shawn Mendes), partly with the fast-rising Brit Joe Rubel, who’s recent work you can hear across Ed Sheeran’s ÷ and Tom Grennan’s ‘Royal Highness’. Talking of Sheeran, his classically-trained elder brother Matt arranged some of the strings on the album.