First single taken from the forthcoming album "Yorktown Heights".

“Yorktown Heights” was produced, written and played by Grant in his North London Treehouse Studio, The Crypt (London) and Angelic Studios in Banbury. Help at the controls came from Sam Miller & Brian Sperber (Julian Casablancas, Dinosaur Jr) at his Tiny Pocket Studio in Yorktown Heights, upstate New York

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Soul Mates by Grant Nicholas
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7/10 Mike 01 August 2014

There's no mention in the press release of Grant Nicholas's former band, perhaps a sign that he's trying to step away from his power-pop beginnings and move into a more mature sound. I know who he is though because they were the soundtrack to my Britrocking early teens. Indeed on 'Soul Mates' the former Feeder frontman's voice even sounds different, moving away from the breathy emoting of yore with some steadily-delivered, double-tracked dreaminess over a simple fingerpicked guitar line.

It's a more interesting track than expected actually, with the super-minimal arrangement really bringing the weird vocal production touches into sharp focus. There are a few backing vocal touches thrown in all smeared with reverb. There's one bit where there's an ethereal, elastic falsetto drone melody that drifts in and out, and at the end there's a couple of tiny synth touches. Songwriting-wise it's pleasant but unremarkable, something that wouldn't sound too out of place on his former band's more reflective albums (I know which ones they are but I'm too embarrassed to say) but it has a surprisingly tasteful and understated sound.

On the other side is 'Counting Steps (acoustic version)' which is a strummy acoustic ballad with similar subtle weirdness going on with the vocals (and little synth touches which don't seem very acoustic). I don't like this song as much as the one on the other side, but I was expecting to cringe at both so I'm still pleasantly surprised.


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