Artist – Thom Morecroft
EP – Hand Me Down
Release date – 13th January 2016
Reviewer – Graham Holland
With the Hand Me Down EP local singer-songwriter and genial event host Thom Morecroft joins the growing ranks of musicians who have used Pledge Music to fund the recording and release of their new music. It’s a win-win situation for all concerned. The musicians are happy knowing they can start the recording safe in the knowledge that they’ll have the funds they need to finish. And the pledgers are happy knowing that they’re enabling the musicians to do what they do best – make new music – with the added bonus of being able to gain extra rewards the more they give.
The Hand Me Down EP has Thom Morecroft stamped all over it: the album art’s characterful sketch of a be-capped Thom with laces undone swinging his guitar behind him; the accomplished guitar style that’s so hard to play but so easy to listen to; the distinctive voice that, in the gravelly stakes, gives Joe Cocker a run for his money; and the well-written songs showcasing both depth and variety in equal measure.
Coming Up For Air is about how people cope with traumas of the past. Crowd favourite Daisy tells of a person who’s so devastated by a break-up he’s still obsessed with his ex five years afterwards (that’s some break-up!). Pride Hill has a real folky feel to it that instantly reminded me of Steve Tilston’s classic 1971 debut solo album An Acoustic Confusion – high praise indeed! The final track is the fun What Are The Chances That You’re Shorter Than Me.
Find Me is an extra track available only to the loyal band of pledgers, and treats them to a sweet song with beautiful overdubbed vocal harmonies on the chorus. If you didn’t help to fund this EP, then you’ll have missed out on this super addition.
Hand Me Down is highly recommended, and as EPs go it sets the bar really high for whatever Thom has planned next. Whatever that turns out to be, Thom can sign me us as a pledger now!
Review © 2016 Graham Holland – Liverpool Acoustic
Thom will be launching the EP in association with Mellowtone on Wednesday 27th January 2016 at the Scandinavian Church on Park Road on the edge of the Baltic Triangle. He’s joined on the night by Hannah Kewn and Charlie McKeon.
Doors open at 8pm, tickets are £5 in advance only, and there’s a £1 corkage charge (bring your own bottle).
Website – thommorecroft.com
EP review: Thom Morecroft – Hand Me Down
Graham Holland is the owner and editor of the Liverpool Acoustic website, and runs Liverpool Acoustic’s award-winning live music events with local musician Stuart Todd. In real life he’s a Web Development Officer, has been producing podcasts on a regular basis since July 2006, and runs a number of websites for other organisations. He lives in Wavertree with his husband and their cat Xiao Hei.
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