So, let’s get two obvious things out of the way from the outset with regards to ‘Joseph Lyons’ (aka ‘Eaves’) and his debut ‘What Green Feels Like’. First of all, never in all my years have I heard a voice as close to that of the late Jeff Buckley. It’s staggeringly similar to that of the great man and simply quite stunning. Secondly (I did say there were two things), this debut from the Leeds musician has to be one of the most accomplished to drop in 2015. Jaw-dropping, astonishing and breath-taking don’t even come close to describing the content delivered by this talented young man.
In an age where it appears there must be a gimmick to sell this particular genre of music (a brimmed hat, a beard or a tweed waist-coat) Lyons has simply done things by the book. On offer are well written folk tunes, melodies and passion in every aspect of the instrumentation and vocals. There is certainly no over-production or elements of unnecessary fluff. This is an album made up of nine quite staggering tracks that contain a maturity way past the years of their creator.
The signs were certainly there. The ‘Eaves’ debut EP ‘As Old as the Grave’ was critically acclaimed and spawned the EP’s title track, as well as ‘Alone in My Mind’ and this debut LP’s showcase track ‘Timber’. The LP simply confirms what owners of the previous release already knew, as at no point do any of the six remaining tracks come up short.
Is it a coincidence that ‘Buckley’ released ‘Grace’ in his mid-twenties while our review subject is of a similar age? While I would never compare this album to the 1994 release it does highlight the maturity in both young artists work.
This emotionally charged LP deserves all the credit it will no doubt receive and if this is a base-line for future releases from ‘Eaves’ then we’re in for a real treat.
‘Heavenly Recordings’ have discovered real talent here and nurtured properly they could potentially have a star in the making. ‘What Green Feels Like’ is out on the 27th April 2015.
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