Andy Richards has been playing music for well over 10 years – a mix of covers and originals, and this is his second ‘solo’ release. His first, ‘Falling’, and was recorded in a short timespan. Crowdfunded and recorded over a full year at Hatfields Beach (by Geoff Paddison) this benefits from the contributions of five friends/fellow musicians and brother Cory on drums, plus sonic additions like a horn section on Heaven To Me. The vibe, the CD cover art included, is overwhelmingly happy with upbeat tunes – even the ’50s vibe of Come is sweet rather than sad and depressing. Jack Johnson is definitely a touchstone, as would be the likes of The Exponents, Crowded House, Ed Sheeran et al – just a lot more relaxed. Warkworth-based Richards proves himself a versatile musician with his positive and upbeat jaunty tunes. Dumb Little Love Song is the name of the album’s lead single/video, the lyrics ironically defending his lyrical simplicity.