Singer-songwriter Harry Pane swoops into 2016 with a blues folk vibe that is sure to turn heads. Especially those at Glastonbury and The Big Festival, at which Pane will be appearing this year. Teaming up with producer Dani Castelar (Paolo Nutini, REM, Snow Patrol), ‘Changing’ certainly has the credentials to be worth paying attention to, but does the end result live up to the established facts?
As title-track ‘Changing’ stirs into life I am reminded of José González with a vivid image of a musical journey. Pane’s potent vocals glide along a rolling flow of guitar gradually aided by a simple kick drum until the final compelling crescendo. This brooding opener sheds an honest light on Pane’s relationship with his father. A sentiment that adds to the personal gravitas of this EP.
The crashing percussion and distorted guitar of the chorus elevates this song onto the podium from which Pane can sign off what is a fantastic new EP.
‘Ghosts’ takes the set up of ‘Changing’ and then cleverly turns into a more bluesy affair with captivating finger work on the guitar that I think would be desirable amongst some established country blues artists. This is probably my favourite track on the EP, given my particular love of the folk, country and blues genre blend delivered with that tantalising twang of the guitar.
While ‘Karma’s Prey’ provides a pause for thought in the title alone, I feel it is simply a blend of the previous two tracks, but for the effective piano which does inject a slightly different flavour. Compared to the out-and-out blues-rock romp of ‘Cold Light Of Day’, it doesn’t even come close to the same impact. It’s this final track that makes me question whether ‘Ghosts’ really is my favourite. The crashing percussion and distorted guitar of the chorus elevates this song onto the podium from which Pane can sign off what is a fantastic new EP.
By Will Hunt
Produced by Dani Castelar/Mastered by Mandy Parnell
A mixture of folk and blues
Final track provides satisfying crescendo to the EP
Watch Harry Pane’s performance of ‘Changing’ for Sun Studio Sessions
|3. Karma’s Prey|
|4. Cold Light Of Day|