STYLE: Roots/Acoustic RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 179150-29259 LABEL: Old Bear Records FORMAT: Digital Only EP
Reviewed by Paul S Ganney
My previous experience of Weston's work had been recorded in a very stripped back style. This album takes his songs and gives them full-on arrangements. His vocal is very crisp and clear in a '60s folk way with a breathiness that gives his voice a gentler edge. His songwriting is good with a clear story arc to it, whether telling personal stories (mostly on themes of memories, family, love and loss) or re-telling Biblical ones and he has a good sense of a hook (the one about going to West Virginia in "Nyle" is a good example - it just sneaks up on you and sticks in your head). His guitar work is solid without being outstanding, supporting the song more than being a focal point. The overall effect is of a style that is old but with a sound that is very up to date and in places is quite reminiscent of Ed Sheeran. This is one of a pair of EPs Weston is releasing in 2020 and is good songs, well done, making you want to hear the second one and soon.
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