EP Review | Self Release | Review by Allan Wilkinson
Originally from Stratford-upon-Avon, singer songwriter Gren Bartley has been making quality records for over fifteen years now, either on his own or in collaboration with others, notably Tom Kitching, that quality has never wavered. Lately producing a series of inventive EPs, we see a growing experimental side to Gren’s musical language with an emphasis on atmosphere and emotion, yet still working within the framework of his contemporary folk influences. Kindred features just five tracks, three songs and a couple of instrumentals, including the haunting title song, which is flavoured with warm strings and bold electronica. The harpsichord flavoured “What We Once Saw” sees Gren in experimental mood, ala Isao Tomita, whilst “Walk” once again features Gren’s now familiar resonator guitar and slide, which leans ever more towards an Eastern feel, handled with such gentleness, one can almost touch the morning dew upon the Acer palmatum.
Choice Track: Kindred (NSV 505)