Scrap Book Ballads Vol. 1 is an engaging collection of original songs from Robert James Selby, released on his own label Grasmere the twelve track release is his début collecting together his best writing collated from his scrap book that he has being adding too since developing a fascination with poetry as a teenager in Yorkshire and first picking up a guitar.
Now based in London after spending time as a troubadour on the road in Italy and France living at times hand-to-mouth Selby has settled in the capital and is a regular on the local scene. Counting Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker, Fyfe Dangerfield (Guillemots) and the Libertines Carl Barât amongst his admirers – Selby supported The Libertines on their comeback show at the legendary 100 Club and Barâts’ sister Lucie makes her vocal debut on Scrap-Book Ballads.
The album has an organic loose feel to it, a little ramshackle – but in a good way, it opens with an infectious tune Hard Love that’s immediately memorable and sets the album up very nicely, the feedback I get from listening to this album is genuine I sense Selby just following the muse and making the album he wanted without thought for conformity or concession to commercialism, a thoroughly enjoyable album.