They say good things come in small packages – perhaps the same rule applies to small cities…
There’s been a preeminent line of successful groups to emerge from Oxford, most notable of course being Radiohead – in their shadow you’ll find the likes of Supergrass, Young Knives, Foals and Stornoway.
The most recent deployment of footloose and fancy-free twenty something’s must be This Eden – an acoustic/folk quartet that formed in 2007, releasing their debut album at the end of last year.
This Eden are a straight up easy listen, with a great dynamic. I can envision a sun-soaked foreign festival to properly appreciate this mob. Radford’s thick double bass strings drive the band, communicating almost effortlessly with the percussion and the indie pop hammer-on’s from the accompanying guitars.
Vocally it’s rather evident the likes of Newton Faulkner or John Mayer have played a big part influencing Jonathan Darley (lead vocals) – especially in ‘Cornflake’ and ‘Safety Not Guaranteed’.
There’s a clear balance within the group and I feel it’s this that will make them standout above other similarly genre driven outfits. For example the slow bendy-blues solo in ‘Mountains’ isn’t pushed or strained, but rides comfortably on a cushion of sound administered by the remaining instrumentation.
Having not personally experienced the band live, you shouldn’t take what I’m about to profess as gospel, but I feel these lads would be in their element, in the flesh. There are certain aspects of a collection of tracks that you can’t properly appreciate whilst sitting at home – it’s this hidden constituent that I feel would sell the band for me.
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