From Aberdeen singer-songwriter Daniel Mutch comes his latest release Remedy & Therapy.
The guitar work throughout ‘6 Weeks’ provides a wonderfully atmospheric opener, which manages to hint at a Ben Howard influence while boasting a lyrical quality not far off that of Twin Atlantic’s Sam McTrusty.
‘Nightingale’ is an enjoyable and playful example of Mutch’s talents, combining emotive lyrics with an Admiral Fallow style melody.
The snare drum, which compliments Mutch’s guitar playing and vocals, also gives the song a sense of movement, with the toe-tapping journey being a truly worthwhile reward.
‘Castaway’ is a more soulful and upbeat number, boasting echoing cries and stylish guitar-led interludes, resulting in an enthusiastically impressive track, while ‘Cullen Sands’ is laden with slower, more exploratory tones combined with Mutch’s gentle yet passionate vocals.
The song also features more Asian inspired beats, suggesting the use of a kendang or similar instrument, in turn signalling the possibility of an influence from Mutch’s Bali-born mother.
The record’s conclusion is provided by the glorious ‘How’; the simplistic nature of the repetitive beat allied to the lingering, chanting quality of the lyrics seems to hark back to classic Celtic folk music at times and draws to a close a stunning EP.
Not only does Mutch combine a Scottish musical upbringing with noticeable influences provided by the likes of Ben Howard, but his Asian roots can also be found subtly below the surface, complimenting his creative output perfectly.
With Remedy & Therapy, Mutch has managed to present us with five remarkable tracks well worth spilling out of any speaker or set of headphones over the winter period and we’d be fools not to oblige.
Words: Jason Henderson