A fresh new face in the world of folk music, James Billett’s debut EP washes over you like a warm wave. Soft and warm in tone, yet brutally political and outspoken in its lyrical content, Billett has pulled together some of the most fully-realised songs we’ve heard in a long time, and is sure to place this new talent firmly at the forefront of the scene.
Opening with title track, ‘What Will They Say About Us’, we are immediately introduced to Billett’s no-nonsense lyricism, paired with poignant and emotive melody – despairing over the state of the world in exquisite grief for what has been lost; humanity itself. It’s a theme which runs through the EP as a whole, with ‘Faith Over Family’ also striking a chord, tackling themes of homophobia and religion.
Overall, this debut offering displays much of Billett’s lyrical talents, as well as his skill as a singer and performer, lending his softly-spoken vocals to issues that need voicing.