JJ WILDE & BILLY RAFFOUL // BORN TO DIE // EP REVIEW
JUNO AWARD-WINNING ROCK STAR JJ WILDE JOINS FORCES WITH AWARD-WINNING SINGER-SONGWRITER BILLY RAFFOUL FOR “BORN TO DIE”, THEIR NEW EP
AVAILABLE 19th NOVEMBER 2022
UK TOUR FOR 2022
JUNO-Award winning rock star JJ Wilde and SOCAN Award-winning songwriter Billy Raffoul unveil the details of their three-track EP Born To Die, available November 19th via Black Box. Recorded at Hamilton’s Catherine North Studios, Born To Die channels the duets of Fleetwood Mac, The Civil Wars, Shovels & Rope and more, expertly showcasing the complimentary rock and roll stylings of each singer.
At only 3 tracks there is not a lot to write except that an EP of this quality deserves its recognition as one of the best releases Nov will see. Two fine musicians collide as the sparks fly and that little bit of magic that only comes once in a lifetime comes together and we all are lucky enough to be able to appreciate it.
Of the EP, Raffoul explains, “These three songs have so much variety between them. ‘Born To Die’ is an anthemic rock song, while at the opposite end of the spectrum there’s ‘Colours,’ a soft autumn-themed track. Bridging the two is ‘Let Me Go,’ which is sonically powerful and gut-wrenching.”
Adds Wilde, “These are pretty emotional songs, in the best way. There are love songs and there’s heartache. We’re both big fans of rock and roll and you can hear it when we’re singing both separately and together on this EP.”
Both artists bring their own “Je ne said quoi” to the EP, the two voices just mesh together beautifully and carry you through the three tracks as if in a dream-like state and before you know it, it is all over way too soon. I for one would love to see another collaboration if the strength of this EP is anything to go by, but then again maybe that little slice of magic is enough to make its mark and leave a legacy for years to come.
Born To Die drops Nov 19th courtesy of Black Box.
JJ Wilde will be returning to the UK and Europe for her rescheduled tour dates in summer 2022.
You can see her at the following dates:
6th December – Paris, La Maroquinerie – Paris
30th May Het Depot – Leuven
31st May – MTC – Cologne
1st June – Paradiso – Amsterdam
6th June – Badehaus – Berlin
9th June – Nova Rock Festival – Nickelsdorf
10th June – Download Festival – Donington
14th June – The Lexington – London
“Born To Die” is out 19th November 2022 via Black Box