Stylusboy: Fingerprint (ep)

~ Thursday, 14 January 2010
With a moniker like Stylusboy you would expect the music on offer from Midlands based songwriter Steve Jones to be of the dance variety, but no, instead we find ourselves enveloped in the warm glow of an acoustic troubadour. The songs are as simple as they are strong, the voice as expressive as it is restrained.

The 6 self penned and recorded tracks on this ep shows Jones to be a songwriter in the mold of Boo Hewerdine or Roddy Frame. Open and Jigsaw are both stand out tracks, lovely breezy slices of folk pop with great vocal harmonies provided by Rachel Grisedale.
Jones does lose his way somewhat with the jazzy Stopclock, a track that is slightly too American sounding compared to his very English sounding vocal style. We can forgive this blip as he saves the best for last in the shape of the beguiling A Song For Noah. This track demonstrates exactly why he will be a name to watch. He excels at this style of music. With a bit of self discipline, Stylusboy could be a name to reckon with and we are certainly looking forward to hearing more in the future.