Spotlight on Raikes

From the winsome county Cornwall, comes the gratifying, easy-listening sound of Raikes. A four piece folk band of Matthew Twornicki, Tim Young, Sam Collins and James Barrett who have produced something special with their EP release, ‘The Quiet’.

The theme of The Quiet EP is on chasing love and self reflecting with bittersweet melodies that accompany heartfelt confessions. There’s something very touching and sentimental to be pulled from this music as it portrays the feeling of the world standing still on your behalf and all other sounds drowning out. Not a feeling unnoticed by Raikes as they write delicate lyrics like, “We’ll spend the night on the roof of my broken down car. I’ll give you the moon and the stars”.

It’s escapism music done in a very open, honest and personal way which is why we like it so much.  One of our staff picks is ‘Battle’ which is a reflection on hopelessly chasing someone you love. It’s initially sailed with a mellow, Americana style melody which then builds its momentum with atmospheric backing vocals. Have a listen:

‘Keeper’ is the closing track of The Quiet EP and rightfully so. The song and the album are all building towards this electric, cymbal crashing crescendo piece. Almost like the album wasn’t hitting hard enough and Keeper is one last attempt to lay all the cards on the table and scream “I’ll make mistakes”. It’s a powerful and climactic ending to the EP which leaves us wanting more like good storytelling does, though a final quiet vocal of acceptance brings the EP to a satisfying close. Still want more though.

With bands like Raikes who put so much of their own character and feeling into their music it’s a rare and interesting pleasure to be invited into another persons lives. So we anticipate great things to come from these guys soon. To keep track of them and their gigs follow their social profiles here:



Dylan has now been involved with Clowdy for over a year as an integral part of the creative and marketing team. In his spare time he gives the rest of the office an intense inferiority complex by being a jazz pianist, mathematically proven to be the coolest possible hobby.