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LISTEN: Jersey singer aims to capture "chaos" of young adult life in new album

LISTEN: Jersey singer aims to capture

Sunday 14 April 2024

LISTEN: Jersey singer aims to capture "chaos" of young adult life in new album

Sunday 14 April 2024

An Elton John-inspired local songwriter has unveiled his fifth pop-rock album that aims to capture the essence of uncertainty and chaos experienced by many in their mid-20s.

Richard Allo (26) says he wants to shed light on the struggles faced by young people and to reassure others they are not alone through his newly-released album ‘Only Me’.

Drawing inspiration from his personal journey over the past two years, the young singer-songwriter delves into themes of uncertainty, relationships, and mental health across the album's 14 tracks.

Video: Mr Allo talks about the release of his new album. 

The release features what he describes as "larger-than-life" vocals and heartfelt melodies reminiscent of his musical influences like Elton John and Keane's Tom Chaplin.

Reflecting on his creative process, the former Hautlieu student said: "I wrote the album during a period of reflection and re-setting after the breakdown of a long-term relationship and moving back in with my parents."

He described feeling overwhelmed by the pressures of navigating his mid-20s, a time filled with uncertainty and social expectations and pressures.

Mr Allo hopes that 'Only Me' will resonate with listeners, offering reassurance to those feeling lost and encouraging them to take a step back.

"The overall message is that young people should not put too much pressure on themselves."

"You are not alone."

The lead single, 'Love Yourself', emphasises the importance of self-love during challenging times, while Mr Allo's favourite track, 'Set Apart', explores the impact of friendship on self-esteem.

He explained that the latter was inspired by a conversation with a band member, who reminded him of all the positives in his life.

He explained that the track uses specific quotes taken from the conversation so it is powerful song to perform on stage alongside his band manager.

The former Hautlieu School student said he is "so so happy" to release the album, which he described as his "proudest piece of work to date."

To celebrate the album's release, Mr Allo performed at RamJam Records in London and the Blue Note bar in Broad Street earlier this week.


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