Leeds based, folk-pop, four-piece, Ellen and the Escapades bring us this dusky, bittersweet debut 12 track EP. The folk roots are deep and clear right through this album, with a slight Celtic feel, this feels like the pop album Loreena McKennit never made. There is a neat pop element to this too with a solid guitar behind the great track "when the tide creeps in" which combines a great band sound, with a chilled and gentle lyric, a clear Laura Marling influence.
Ellen Smith's vocals are consistently brilliant through this whole album which is versatile and lissome, floating over a tight and well restrained band, which can power-up to something more pop/rock when the throw the beat in with a Mumford and sons sound in tracks like "preying on your mind"
Dare I say there is even a bit of Amy Mcdonald here too, the pop treatment is definitely present but there is a trueness to the traditional which really appeals to me, tracks like "coming back home" and "run" are great examples of the fusion between the traditional and the modern. This is an all round good album and should be on your diner party play list, mainly because it is stylish and unobtrusive, play with friends casually and I guarantee someone will ask you for more tracks from this album.