‘The Daemon & The Eidolon’ by Alex Roberts - classy original folk(September 27, 2015)
The depth of Alex Roberts’ songs is deceptive. There’s a man with laconic, almost world-weary vocal that ranges from endearing through sorrowful to tell simple tales, beyond that lies the penetration of a songwriter’s perception and an essential ability to drive home a message without unnecessary fuss or embellishment. The guitar-work is intricate and melodic, his touch subtle and restrained. Taken together, the songs on ‘The Daemon and The Eidolon’ are classy original folk.
The mix on the album offers echoes of both blues and folk, with a nod towards tradition but a firm fix on contemporary, coupled with more than a little touch of invention. Originality is often used incorrectly as a catch-all word when describing musicians, in this case it’s a perfect word to describe what you hear on ‘The Daemon and The Eidolon’. The album draws you with powerful songs like ‘The Demon Lover’ and ‘Watch The Stars’ before you’re wholly caught by ‘Percival’ and the achingly intense ‘Strong As Grace’. And following the maxim ‘saving the best ‘til last’ comes the gently pensive reflection of ‘The Story Never Changes’ and to finish the instrumental title track ‘The Daemon and The Eidolon’.
Playing on ‘The Daemon and The Eidolon’ are Alex Roberts (vocals, guitar, bouzouki, lap steel, Dulcimer) Graeme Ross (double bass) James Pinnock (percussion) Si Genaro (harmonica) and Neil Shervelle (drums). Website: www.alexrobertsmusic.com
Review: Tom Franks