EP REVIEW: Gavin James, Remember Me

Gavin James Artwork Remember MeTITLE: Remember Me
ARTIST: Gavin James
LABEL: Believe Recordings
RELEASED: October 21st 2013

Back in March, this talented singer-songwriter got a newcomers article on this blog and he has gone on to receive praise from the likes of Hot Press and The Independent. His second EP Remember Me is released tomorrow and as a fan of acoustic music, it’s a real beauty.

At just 21 years old, Gavin is an Irish boy with huge potential. Having already clocked up a lot of gigs in Dublin, he released an EP called Say Hello last year, which earned him a number one in Ireland. He has also won awards such as the Choice Meteor Award and supported Kodaline on tour. To support Remember Me, he is also joining Devonshire artist Ryan Keen on tour throughout October.

gavinjamesBeginning with its title track, Remember Me puts you in a calm mood straightaway. A slow, bluesy acoustic introduces Gavin’s distinctive soft voice with its hint of gravel. As Gavin does best, the title track is a simple beautiful melody with a folksy slant. His voice is so captivating and the funky beat which arrives in the second half doesn’t disturb the serene soundscape he creates.

Next up is For You, which is another mellow acoustic song with a pure indie-folk vocal. It reminds me of Ben Howard, as the soft pretty melody continues. It’s a beautiful love song and really shows you exactly how talented Gavin is. He puts so much feeling into his lyrics and you really get to feel their sincerity. It’s so simplistic but has such a lasting effect.

Slow is a little more upbeat with a kooky melody and a glance back to a time long gone. It’s full of nostalgia and doesn’t skimp on the folk influence. There is some really tricky strumming despite it being such a straightforward, stripped back song. It’s catchy and due to its quirkiness, it’s probably the most commercial song on the EP.

Ending on the raw Lucky, Gavin takes everything away and just gives us that exquisite voice. Largely acapella, there’s nothing to hide behind as he relates to us a melancholy tale of heartbreak. There is a distant acoustic strum but it’s the atmospheric, understated vocal that grabs you. Again, there is a blues-folk sound to it and is another testament to what this guy is made of.

Remember Me is a wonderfully soothing acoustic record that is sure to enchant you. These songs must be amazing when performed live and for an artist so young and so gifted in what he does, it’s exciting to wonder where his career will end up taking him. If you love soft soulful music with virtually nothing but beautiful vocals, look no further.


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