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Review: 'LATTO, DAVID'
'Show Me How To Feel (EP)'   

-  Label: 'Self Released'
-  Genre: 'Folk' -  Release Date: '25th October 2019'

Our Rating:
These five songs are of a Scottish artist, born in Kirkcaldy, trying to find a more genuine way of expressing himself through music.

The EP comes after a two year break during which Latto took a full time day job and pondered the creative process. "It's not easy when you don't have words", he sings on the title track, a problem both in writing songs and in navigating the complex field of personal relationships.

However, there is no sense of frustration or anger. With a four piece band and female backing vocals from Mally Smith, this is not the sound of a tortured artist but rather that of someone finding a renewed confidence in having something to say. Better Way expresses the belief that there is life beyond the end of one's tether.

The smooth, self-assured feel is enhanced from slick electric guitar playing from John Mather which is particularly effective in the closing tune - Losing You - a song about wanting to hold on to a relationship that is slipping away.

Haunt Me was apparently recorded in one take in the Glasgow recording studio and in it Latto says that he sought to adopt a more impressionistic approach to his writing. However, the fact that the song doesn't sound fundamentally different from the other four makes me think that if the listener heard a hint of less glossy, more spontaneous arrangements overall, this would be a stronger record.

David Latto's website
  author: Martin Raybould

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LATTO, DAVID - Show Me How To Feel (EP)