Fingerpicky downbeat folk from Leeds-based Eaves. What Green Feels Like is the 20-something’s debut album following last year’s As Old As The Grave EP and continues to showcase his natural abilities as a young songwriter. The production is sparse but lush enough to embrace strings to emotive effect. A British folk hopeful with a knack for melody. Out on CD and vinyl LP from Heavenly.
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If anyone has recently driven towards York on the A64 you will have noticed that something is going on with the pylons. They are building some new ones or something. Head back along the road to Leeds and you’ll find Eaves plucking his guitar and singing about them.
The opening song ‘Pylons’ is an earnest singer songwriter effort with hints of David Gray but is still maudlin enough to whet my whistle. Volume is turned up on ‘Dove in Your Mouth’ (is that dove in the past tense for dive or dove the bird?) anyway I’m enjoying this, its that kind of dynamic yet melancholic stuff that reminds me most closely of Jeff Buckley, starting off plaintive but rising to a powerful crescendo. It’s back to the folk picking on ‘Spin’ which reminds me of Tallest Man on Earth. I’m not sure if Eaves is quite sure who he wants to be -the album veers back and forwards between plaintive ballads and complex rock but tracks 5 and 6 are both piano ballads.
There are moments of goodness amongst the mood swings though, ‘Hom a Gum’ has beautiful Nick Drake guitars and the hushed vocals are much more effective than some of the more strained vocals found elsewhere. I like variety in albums but I fear the volume knob will be up and down like brides nightie on this one.A promising first try though.
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