James Kelly - Lost
By Laura Geary Griffin
Iām going to try my hardest not to be biased here, as James Kelly is a dear friend of mine and I love his music and style. I had heard a lot of these tracks in some form at his gigs around Manchester, so itās lovely to have an album of the finished tracks. Jamesā style is truly original; he plays an acoustic guitar with a classical Spanish element to it. I was informed by the man himself that he modified his guitar case with wood in order to use as a drum; he carries a bass drum peddle around with him wherever he goes. The style of music is reminiscent of Rodrigo Y Gabriela, quick wristed guitar strumming with beautiful finger picking solos woven in between. He plays with effortless ease and has confidence in his own ability hidden just beneath his humble gratitude to the audience.
The opening track āNo More Swimming Pools of Money in the Back for Youā grabs you from the start and doesnāt let up, the fast paced style glides through the fast paced lyrics of āPunch Drunk Loveā until you hit track three, āLet it Goā: a delicate number and one of my all time favourites on the album. Actually, I reserve the right to retract that statement; this is one of those albums where youāre constantly saying āno this is my fave! Oh I forgot about this track! This one is definitely my favourite!ā Every track is packed with great lyrics and hooks, āNot Tiredā has one of the most beautiful guitar melodies Iāve heard in a while, itās incredibly peaceful and Jamesā vocals work perfectly alongside it being extremely soft and gentle in contrast to the more raw tracks at the beginning of the album. Its tracks like this which give way to hints of Gomezās mellow tracks.
Another diverse track on the album is āSo...ā a short Desperado style instrumental piece which is followed by the final track on the album āLostā a track which is loved by everyone, well known throughout the gig slots and open mic nights around the North. Thereās a catchy guitar riff which is mirrored by the lyrics āNa na na na naaaaā you canāt help but sing along. So, yes James, it was well worth the wait.
This is truly an eclectic album by an exceptionally talented musician, I beseech you, donāt miss out on this.
James is coming to the south in the late autumn with Gaz Brookfield and has promised a couple of dates in Bristol so donāt worry, Iām holding him to it! Make sure you catch him while heās here!
Until then, purchase his brilliant debut album at his online store:
Check out his website for videos and keep up to date with his gigging shenanigans here: