Robert Ellis is the kind of songwriter who only comes along once in a great while. With his first two albums, a promise was made. With his 2014 record, The Lights from the Chemical Plant, that promise was delivered and fully realized. The music, like the artist, refuses to accept the confines of a box, and burns white-hot from the inside out. But what seems even more striking about this record, this musician, even at a first glance, is that feeling of unyielding authenticity. With every remarkable cut, with every twist and turn, Robert’s life and his experience, shine through.