Rich Webb’s ‘Le Rayon Vert’ is an album for weary ears and tainted hearts

Words by Rhys McKenzie

We dive into the established Melbourne songwriter's award-winning album.

Melbourne singer Rich Webb took home two Independent Music Awards for the album, Le Rayon Vert. Let’s dive deep and see why those awards were wholly deserved.

The critically acclaimed album begins with ‘Let it Rain’, a toe stomping and allegoric composition, which makes it understandably loud. The track proves to be a red herring, however, as the album doesn’t follow this direction for the rest of its journey.

Tracks two all the way to five can be considered major highlights for Webb, as each of them is surprisingly lenient, heartfelt and clever. Webb tackles the musicality of these songs in a manner that recalls George Harrison or Jeff Lynne. Meanwhile, his evocative lyrics are not lagging in the slightest.

The album’s second half embraces a wider range in terms of genre, but it still manages to remain as lively as the first half. Tracks such as the anthemic, ‘Shenandoah’, and the swinging swan song, ‘The Good Life’, are the major standouts.

A grand achievement, Le Rayon Vert is an album for weary ears, tainted hearts and those who just so happen to be in a wood cabin.