Published on November 9th, 2014 | by Mike Ainscoe0
JAMES FROST – ‘NAMELESS’ EP – SONGS FROM MODERN NATURE
Described as part of the thriving Norfolk folk scene (bringing to mind all sort of Partridge connotations which we’ll let pass), James Frost’s debut EP combines his highly individual left handed guitar picking style along with his dreamy quintessentially English lyricism.
Produced by Clive Langer – of David Bowie, Elvis Costello, David Byrne (Talking Heads) fame – it’s quite an eclectic mix ranging from nature inspired folk musings to something more, not quite avant garde, but certainly some distance from the pastoral feel of the opening title track. Nowhere is James Frost showcased more than in this opening track – just guitar and voice slowly joined by the voice of Carmody with distant strings and lyrically evoking “shadow and light…the echo of night” and the nature which provides its inspiration. The ambient piano backing of the faraway and wistful ‘Pride’ enhances an enchanting composition and offers up perhaps a more palatable alternative version of Robbie’s ‘Angels’.
Having stated his songwriting intention in the opening trio, the tribal feel of ‘Visitors’, with subtle strings making an appearance, starts a shift towards something a little more adventurous while the closer, ‘Rolling Thunder’, takes things to a natural conclusion. Written and recorded in a day – with a vocal recorded through a guitar distortion amp and the basic track done as a live track – it comes across a bit Arthur Brown crossed with David Byrne. It’s that kind of experimental outlandishness and derring do that marks James Frost as ambitious enough to go out with a bang and leave the impression that he’s not afraid to push or be pushed.