Review – Album Of The Week: What Green Feels Like – Eaves

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Based in Leeds, singer songwriter Eaves is the sort of sensitive soul not usually associated with that tough Yorkshire city.

Joe Lyons aka Eaves, who grew up on the other side of the Pennines, is still in his early 20s but his debut album What Green Feels Like reveals an already matured talent.

Sharp lyrics allied to beautiful folk rock tunes signal the arrival of a major new talent.

Recorded with acclaimed producer Cam Blackwood in autumn last year, his haunting songs pack an emotional punch.

Joe says: “My songs are very emotional and change dramatically. To perform them, I have to be in the zone. I remember where I was when I wrote them and why I wrote them.

“I have to perform them in the way they were written; otherwise I’m letting myself and the audience down.’’

Not surprisingly given those words, Eaves songs have an intensity and power but they also possess a wistful beauty.

And, despite his tender years, his lyrics display a world-weary wisdom that is both astute and poignant, such as on As Old As The Grave.

Among the highlights of the nine tracks on the album is Spin – an epic ballad guaranteed to make the heart ache.

Purge shows there are more strings to his bow - it’s bluesy and gutsy.

Singer/songwriters are 10 a penny but ones as good as Eaves are worth their weight in gold. 9/10