After a series of support roles for the British dream-pop duo ‘Smoke Fairies’ the impressive ‘Lake Poets’ (aka Martin Longstaff) finally release their debut EP ‘Honest Hearts’ today, 16th June 2014. After a couple of CD releases in 2013, notably the excellent “Rain” and Edinburgh”, the band have finally released something that seems to absolutely define the musical direction they’ll be following.
The ‘Honest Hearts’ EP is a staggeringly impressive debut. The tracks all contain the full body of the band (the recent gigs were Longstaff playing alone) and the added depth turns already good tracks into great ones.
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Title track ‘Honest Hearts’ starts with delicate guitar strings and piano until, with a minute left, the track builds to a thunderous crescendo of glorious noise and chaos … It’s wonderful. Opening Track ‘Windowsill’ was premiered last week and is probably the best example of Longstaff’s beautiful vocals. They have an angelic quality that simply draw you in.
‘Dead Horses’ though is the absolute stand-out track. Think cowboys, the wind swept North American Prairies or the Great Plains of 19th Century Texas and you’ll get an idea of this songs sound and feel. It’s a glorious step back in time and only the howling guitar towards its climax reminds you that this is something from the 21st Century.
The ‘Honest Hearts’ EP is out now and they can be seen at the following venues…
18th June – Sebright Arms, London (EP Launch Show)
20th June – Brudenell Games Room, Leeds w/Sam Airey
27th June – Mining Institute, Newcastle