It's been five long years since Reg Vermue released his last record. If he'd waited any longer, no one would have remember him. Thankfully, his latest, and first on Arts & Crafts, will keep his delicate voice on people's minds for a long time.
Reg has matured a lot, and Jet Black is easily the most dynamic and upbeat record of his career. Unlike his past efforts, which were mainly filled with quiet pop tunes, raucous tracks like You Can't Get It Back are the norm here. But it's We're In A Thunderstorm, an incredibly infectious but slightly odd (for Reg) chill-out club track, that's the best of the bunch. Signing with A&C brings great expectations, and Reg meets them all.
Top track: We're In A Thunderstorm
Gentleman Reg plays Soundscapes Tuesday (February 24) and the Horseshoe March 12.