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Harry Keyworth - Flux (EP Review)

Friday, 10 May 2013 Written by David Ball

In recent times there’s been a noticeable increase in the number of talented musicians coming out of West Wales, with singer-songwriter Harry Keyworth the latest to come across Stereoboard’s radar with his debut EP ‘Flux’.

Having honed his songs and developed his talent while working as a labourer in Pembrokeshire, Keyworth has received praise from the likes of BBC Radio Wales’ Adam Walton and 6 Music’s Tom Robinson drawing comparisons to the likes of John Martyn and Jeff Buckley along the way.

Recorded at Mwnci Studios in West Wales, ‘Flux’ contains Keyworth’s first 4 published tracks and it’s certainly a promising start. Throughout the EP his intricately plucked de-tuned guitar sounds are classical but with a contemporary twist not entirely dissimilar to parts of Ed Sheeran’s work. Most striking though is Keyworth’s falsetto vocal which is silky smooth and welcoming on each of the tracks here.

Opener, ‘Knew That Day’ has more than a hint of Jose Gonzalez about it and immediately emphasises those vocals with a warm, rich quality during the verses, jumping into sharp, high notes at just the right places.

Final track ‘Dreamer’ is probably the highlight and certainly the most likely to be picked up by mainstream radio. You can easily imagine its quirky bounce sound tracking plenty of people's summers this year.

My only criticism of ‘Flux’ is that it never quite grabs your attention the way other new acts have for me in the last few months. Everything’s well written, confidently performed and polished but there isn’t anything that really stands out yet. What ‘Flux’ does have is plenty of promise and I do sense the makings of an excellent live performer. Keyworth’s next EP is due out in August and it will be interesting to see how his sound has developed at that stage.

‘Flux’ is available now. You can find tour dates at harrykeyworth.comCheck out the video for ‘Knew That Day’ and let us know what you think in the comments section.


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