To make music this sparse stand out from the crowd, the singer has to be able to whisper something into your ear. Fortunately for Iain Till, his voice is sublime.
The songwriter (and The City Walls’ bass player) specialises in intimate recordings and performances and latest EP ‘The Rise And Fall’ is no different. Opening with the intricate finger-picking and hushed vocals of ‘Haunted By You’, the record sets its stall out early: classicism.
If you’re a sucker for new melodies being wrung out of well-worn chord sequences, then this is for you. The acoustic guitars sound great, strings and organs rise and fall (see what we did there?!) and the mood stays consistent throughout. This is a tone poem that doesn’t let up.
But, as a four track EP, that’s the point and the songs hit the spot. Tunes like ‘A Step Away’ and ‘Something’ are lovely and bring Gene Clark and his ‘lost’ classic ‘No Other’ to mind. Sure, there’s hints of Americana, and Till’s roots run deep into the heart of the country, but ‘The Rise And Fall’ reveals itself as folk music and can take its place at that table with some of the best this year has had to offer.
The Rise and the Fall is available to buy from BandCamp.