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Jamiesaysmile – Outside Now

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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.

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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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JamieSaySmile – Grand Authentic Stage EP

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JamieSaySmile – Grand Authentic Stage EP

Posted on 10 July 2013 by Joe

Following on from his impressive Day Three EP last summer Yorkshire singer songwriter Dan Hayes, aka JamieSaySmile has returned in 2013 with a  new five-track EP. His same Bob Mould-esque powerful voice is the same as it was last year, thankfully. But this time around Hayes has spent a little more time on the guitar sounds, giving the opening three tracks of this bedroom recorded EP a full band, full studio sound.

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There’s also more of a new wave quality to his songs, with the EP’s self titled opener full of twists, turns and crescendos. And while it skirts soft rock in places, it’s a brief flirtation and should be filed firmly under alternative rock. Second track Hide for Miles is a softer, albeit epic acoustic affair that never veers into cliché.

Third track, is a glimpse of something a little more adventurous for Hayes, who has clearly been listening to some National albums over the last year, with its sparse guitar and drumming reminiscent of the Brooklyn band. For those looking to focus on the songs rather than a full band production, Hayes has included acoustic versions of Grand Authentic Stage and Hide for Miles. The later  being a more pleasing listen than the full band take earlier on.

So what have we learnt about Hayes over the year. We’ve learnt he’s got more good songs in him but I’m still undecided whether I prefer the acoustic songwriter or alternative rock version of Hayes. Fortunately he’s pretty good at both on this evidence.

7/10

by Joe Lepper

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