EP Review: Heading Out Now
Soft guitar compliments his lightly reverb-coated voice. James Dylan Thomson's 'Heading Out Now' encompasses the tenderness of the blues with the social commentary of folk. He observes the world in all its trials and colours and weaves melodies from them.
'If I could draw' and 'Littleport Martyrs' discuss the injustices of our world without indulging in despair; hope is retained. He comments: 'if I could draw I know what I would make, draw a house for all these refugees/use it for change not my personal selling out.' Many of the wealthy and famous spend their money on cars and perfume, but Thomson asserts divergence from this cycle of selfishness. In Littleport Martyrs he sings: 'now the reason for this song, is I see a problem and I see it strong/the tired and hungry still need a voice, two hundred years on'.
'Soho Sunrise' appears before Littleport Martyrs on this EP and pleasantly transitions into the latter. Beautiful plucking on the guitar of punctuates descriptions of soho with a nicely placed solo section. Thomson shows his eye for painting audible pictures and seeing life's cracks in the same way that Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen have done.
'This Music Plays' is the shortest and most unusual of the four tracks, with use of a mandolin and mixes of tempo. The repetition of 'come on to this side of mine, come on drink my wine' adds a slightly disjointed feeling to the listener with the dissonant harmonic arrangement. Overall this deeply tender body of work captures pieces of our lands in an acoustic setting.
EP available here: https://jamesdylanthomson.bandcamp.com/album/heading-out-now