Singer-songwriter and guitarist Bob O Keeffe has just released his first EP, ‘The Longest Wait’. Now based in Prague, but originally from the south east of Ireland, O Keeffe embraces a simplistic sensibility, allowing his voice and some sweet guitar riffs to carry most of the tracks on The EP.
Majestic pluckers like “Too Much” and “The Wolves” are among some of the most beautiful songs featured in ‘The Longest Wait’. As deceptively simple and catchy as his songs may be, it takes a few listens to really appreciate this EP, but hopefully it won’t be the longest wait… If you dig deep enough you may find songs that elevate his music above the work of singer/songwriter peers like Pete Yorn or City And Colour.
The female vocal on “Waiting” adds variety to this EP which is very much dominated by the guitar. The EP’s two strongest tracks, “We Were Walking” and “Up In Flames” are rustic beauties which adds a nice change of pace, but not quite enough to pick up the sometimes sluggish flow, especially when followed by “Write It On My Skin” and “Time Is The Enemy” which are sandwiched together.
O Keeffe is by no means ‘experimental’. These are after all, straightforward pop rock songs and that’s what makes his work so refined, and so likable. O Keeffe learnt his trade by playing his way through the rainy, picturesque cities of Ireland and has created music especially suited for those rainy days, just when we are in need most of a little bit of light.