STYLE: Roots/Acoustic RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 123903-19030 LABEL: Independent FORMAT: CD EP ITEMS: 1
Reviewed by Lins Honeyman
Despite getting off to a shaky start with an aborted and uncertain version of its title track, this debut EP from Belfast-born singer/songwriter Andy Davison is a pleasant enough outing from a man who counts the likes of Snow Patrol and Damien Rice amongst his influences. Produced by Homecut (Corinne Bailey Rae, Soweto Kinch), the soundscape is kept relatively organic to make the most of Davison's wistful vocals with songs such as "Hush Part 1" and the full version of the title track featuring nothing much more than a double bass, some light strings or the occasional glockenspiel in addition to Davison's voice and acoustic guitar. Having said that, "The City Song" and "Hard But Good", which contain fuller instrumentation, are undoubtedly the cream of the crop and tend to fare better than their stripped-down counterparts thanks to the fact that a beefier sound seems to spur Davison on to registering a more confident performance than perhaps found elsewhere. Whilst dealing with regular topics such as long distance relationships and lack of fulfillment in the aforementioned full band songs, Davison alludes to his faith in the likes of "Hush Part 2" and the title track.
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