Stef Esposito - Walking Colouring Book
Here we have a true Sheffield workhorse. Stef Esposito has been relentlessly working the music scene in south Yorkshire for over ten years. His quality playing has always blown away the kids in any audience and earned the respect of the more seasoned local music watchers. With an organic flare for the smooth yet undoubtedly raw, he works us through rock and roll, blues and little bits of everything else with a guitar, a strut in his step and a sense of humour that keeps people engaged.
His new masterpiece, Walking Colouring Book is a homage to everything he has learned since, well, being born- and lyrically, musically, it covers a rich and diverse range of feelings and subject material that are all framed nicely in expertly played quality rock and roll.
The first riff of the album bounces us back into days past, where we remember looking up at those we wish to aspire to be like. A fitting lyric about remembering our hero, and a rhythm which inspires us to be grateful and joyous, we are told a story of respect and humility, reaching for someone we look to when we need them.
Song after song plays out in foot tapping and dynamic portions of energy. Every time one ends, something a little different comes in to replace what once was. Stef’s voice carries each song with a gutsy and empowered confidence as his range shows his true ability as a real creator of sound. Some masterful mixing and tweaks have grasped that perfect edge for his style of voice.
As an album dedicated to the memory of his late father, and as a culmination of his years of experience as a musician, this is truly a great record.