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Jamiesaysmile – Outside Now

Posted on 20 June 2014 by Joe

Another summer, another EP from Yorkshire singer songwriter Dan Hayes, aka JamieSaySmile. Over his previous two EPs, 2012’s Day Three and last year’s Grand Authentic Stage, Hayes has veered between a solo acoustic guitar sound and full band production to showcase his big Bob Mould-esque voice.

jamiesaysmile_OutsideNow_EP Front Cover

He’s been seemingly restless between the two sounds and indeed the rock and folk genres that are his influences, unsure which to settle on at times. Here, however, he’s found a way of combining both and nearing something that could be the  start to a deserved progression in Hayes’ appeal. The combination is simple, of keeping a solo intimate feel but bringing in a full band at just the right emotive moments to enhance his swooping choruses and strong vocals.

Highlights on this latest release include Thirty, which starts off like something straight off Bob Mould’s debut acoustic focused album Workbook, before morphing into something more modern and radio friendly. Pictures and Do You Mind If are other standouts.

After three EPs over the last three years Hayes seems to be at last finding his feet with a sound that best shows off his songwriting talents. An album must surely be on the cards soon.

7/10

by Joe Lepper

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