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Artist Profile: Rufus Coates And The Blackened Trees

Artist Profile: Rufus Coates And The Blackened Trees

New to Music Sync Licensing from Ireland


Style: Folk, Singer Songwriter, Blues, Soft Rock

Moods: Dark, Moody, Soulful, Smoky, Emotive, Pensive, Death, Gritty, Reflective, Heartfelt, Mysterious, Powerful, Desire, Melancholy, Relaxed, Dreamy

Capturing the true feeling of a character, a story, or the ‘blues’ is not an easy thing to do. In order for the listener to be convinced and won over by such a feeling, it must be portrayed as authentically and soulfully as possible, but fear not, this is something Rufus Coates and the Blackened Trees do effortlessly. At the centre of this atmospheric blues/folk band are Rufus Coates and Jess Smith, two vocalists who are masters in the art of soulful storytelling.

Their debut album (Rufus Coates and The Blackened Trees) which we are delighted to have in our catalogue, was released in March 2016 and is a collection of rootsy, dark yet hauntingly beautiful tracks. Each song takes the listener on a journey; from being taken through a character’s isolation and addiction in ‘Footpaths of Shame’, to being forced to contemplate the passing of time in ‘Autumn Leaves’. Stories are told through husky, gritty vocals all the while accompanied by wholesome warm tones of the guitar and piano. Between the vocal and overall style of the band there are stylistic elements of artists such as Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave, and Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeroes. Furthermore, their live shows are ‘atmospheric and heartfelt’ affairs, so you’d do well in keeping an eye out for a Rufus Coates and the Blackened Trees gig if you find yourself in their vicinity. In the meantime:

Live video of ‘Here All Day’:


Clare McGonigle