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Review: 'Byrne, Nick'
'Through the Tall Grass (EP)'   

-  Genre: 'Folk' -  Release Date: '5th May 2017'

Our Rating:
‘Don’t lie to yourself / this is the real world’ Byrne sings in the opening lines of this EP’s first song, ‘Half’. It’s a love song, and a delicate acoustic ballad at that, brimming with yearning, and a sense of the sad joy in finding a light in a life of darkness, revelling in the uncertainty of giving oneself to another without reservation: ‘you’re one half of me,’ he sings in the refrain.

There’s some nice slide guitar on ‘Mind Maps’, but other than that, there’s little to distinguish it from the previous track: Byrne loves his multitracked vocals and self-harmonisations paired with mid-tempo acoustic strums, and these dominate ‘Through the Tall Grass.’

Single selection ‘Birch Tree’ marks something of a departure, following a more conventional, almost pastoral folk, blueprint, with the picked guitar accompanied by subtle strings which add texture and heighten the emotion of the wistful, reflective mood.

By the time the EP reaches its final song, the title track as it happens, with its echoey lead line bending and draping over the picked acoustic core, while Byrne reflects on how thongs will ‘never be the same’, there’s a sense that we’ve heard everything Nick has to offer.

‘Through the Tall Grass’ sets out Byrne’s stall nicely: solid, consistent, but unadventurous folk songs played nicely, but also safely.
  author: Christopher Nosnibor

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Byrne, Nick - Through the Tall Grass (EP)