London's Nicky Rubin has travelled to many places and picked up many musical skills along the way. Having spent a lot of time in the developing world (where we have some of our most loyal readers), Nicky Rubin has acquired a strong set of morals and messages that impassion his songs. When presented with an old guitar that undoubtedly had many players in its lifetime, the man and machine became more than the sum of its parts. Now with a global following and radio play all over the place, Displaced is projecting Nicky Rubin into the clouds.
The music starts with choral voices creating harmonies. Nicky Rubin begins to sing, his voice feels like it belongs to the same tree as Pink Floyd. Similar roots perhaps? Piano and synth merge in a delicate melody as gorgeous poetic lines drift in sweeping melancholic phrases. A song for those who have lost their home and can't go back, it reminds us that in our cosy lives of supermarkets and soap-opera there are those who need our hearts more than ever. We can't fix the world, but if our heart tells us something in it is wrong, the brain can be asked to fix that.
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