Leeds local Eaves is a singer-songwriter with a knack for supreme sparsity and modesty. His newest EP, 'As Old As The Grave', depicts him as a masterful pianist and understated guitarist, using both to create dramatic songs with a bare minimum of supplementing. These songs are simple but grandiose, with lyrics about getting stuck in bitter cycles.
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This Leeds lad plays a vibrant style of folk rock that on the title track reminds me somewhat of Jeff Buckley. It has the powerful arrangements and sense of the unease but he ploughs a folkier furrow with some nods towards Fairport Convention and even Jethro Tull. The B side sees him wander worryingly over into Elton John territory on the piano led ‘Timber’ before the final Tim Hardin style folk pickings of ‘Alone in My Mind’. The latter track is the best of the lot with some sumptuous Nick Drake-like guitar pickings. He needs to stay true to the folk thing as this is far more impressive than when he reaches for the mainstream. Worth a listen.
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