My first thoughts upon hearing that Grant Nicholas was releasing a solo album was, "whats the point? he writes all of feeders material anyway".
i am very happy to say that i have never been so happy to be proven wrong, this is a wonderful album, and is without a doubt the work of a man who knows not to mess with his day job!
does that mean that feeder fans wont like this?
maybe, maybe not,i have been a fan of feeder since day one, have bought everything they have released and count them among my fave bands ever, as such i have seen their sound evolve over the years and i have found this album very enjoyable, but those hoping for more feeder, especially considering their last album was a return of sorts to their more rock orientated style might be a little underwhelmed by this very peaceful bit of work from Grant.
this owes more to folk and simon and garfunkel than nirvana or the smashing pumpkins.
that stall is set out nice and early with soul mates, which is just grant and a guitar and is easily one of the most peaceful and tranquil songs i have heard in years!
what grant proceeds to do over the remaining 14 tracks is gently guide you through his thoughts with delightful melodies and stripped back instrumentation, the only time the pace lifts above a gentle stroll is on the jangly indoe pop of joan of arc.
this is a great summer album, filled with gentle breezes and sunset songs.
sit back and let Grant take you away for 45 minutes