EP Review: 'Honey' by Liam McClair

Artist: Liam McClair
Title: Honey
Genre: Acoustic, Pop
Label: HourGlass Productions
Release: 28th July 2014
hits rating: 8.5/10

Hey guys,

When artists you've been following for a while release new music, it's always pretty exciting.
 Those artists who's plans for the future you're kind of involved in are special and it's lovely to see their music doing well.
And I'm happy to review the brand new EP by such artist.

Liam McClair is a singer/songwriter from Manchester, UK. You could put him into the acoustic pop genre but still you'll find sprinkles of folk in it.
With strong live performances Liam has convinced crowds all over the UK and even made it to Belgium and Holland to play his music.
Music fans from all over the world are drawn to his sound.

His first EP 'How' already got a lot of positive feedback for a good reason - it's, simply put, brilliant.
It left us with high expectations for his follow-up 'Honey' which is out now.

So let's talk about it, shall we?

1) If You're Really Mine
2) Girl At The Station
3) Honey
4) Fall Down

The first track of the EP 'If You're Really Mine' is a lively, up beat track with a summery, light feeling to it.
Liam's vibrant voice could potentially be the centre of the song just because it's really strong and expressive and, that way, really able to control a track and lead it a certain direction.
But of course we should not forget about the instrumentation; a quite forward marching beat accompanied by light guitar strums that work very well with the vocals.

Title track 'Honey', a charming composition, definitely deserves to be the title track of this EP. Liam's signature style got upcycled by a sweet special performance of the harmonica. 
A lovely love song which (thankfully!) is not too cheesy.
If you're not already in love, you will be in love once you're done listening. In love with this song.

I'd also like to talk about 'Fall Down', the most surprising song, in my opinion. So far I've always linked the acoustic guitar sound with Liam - never in a monotonous way though.
But for this track the focus is on the piano underlined by string section arrangements. This gives it a rather dark touch which is still light enough to not be depressive but beautiful.

To sum it up: With the 'Honey' EP Liam shows how he clearly matured as an artist but still manages to stay true to his sound and style. Simple but clever arrangements sprinkled with interesting elements and honest lyrics. Leaves us with excitement of what is yet to come!

You should listen to these tracks: If You're Really Mine, Honey

Liam McClair online: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Soundcloud | YouTube

Thank you for reading!

P.s.: Liam and I might be working on something really cool. ;)

Credits // Text: Vanessa Jertschewske | Artwork: Liam McClair | Video: North West Recording


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