Rich Stephenson: ‘Secret’ review – from folk to dark blues

Rich Stephenson’s new single ‘Secret’ is a departure from his previous folk sounds into a darker bluesy sound that is a resounding success.
His new, more blues inspired sound draws on different effects using harmonies and effective guitar layering whilst still retaining a stripped back, minimalist style that seems to owe a debt to acts like the Handsome Family and even has echoes of the dark sound of the classic Dr John track ‘I Walk on Gilded Splinters’.

Whilst on the surface Stephenson’s voice shares a certain crooning quality that can be heard in acts like James Bay or Hozier, it’s combination with a much darker less pop friendly sound gives it a much more pained and raw sound.

All of this combines to create a track that is brilliantly eerie and haunting.

By Ruairi Walsh