Ian M Bailey – Shots of Sun

EP Review | Green Tea Productions | Review by Allan Wilkinson

Just after basking in the delights of the Lost Doves debut album Set Your Sights Towards the Sun , Ian M Bailey’s collaboration with Charlotte Newman back in September, Ian is back with another collaborative effort, this time with the Cosmic Rough Riders songwriter Daniel Wylie.  Just four tracks, but four tracks that cover some ground, each co-written and treated to a highly melodic and sumptuous arrangement and each exploring various influences, from REM to CSN and The Jayhawks to the Byrds.  “Slow Down River” certainly has that distinctive Roger McGuinn feel, not just in its immediately recognisable 12-string Rickenbacker sound but also in Ian’s semi-fragile vocal, which threatens to break at the end of each verse.  Recorded in Ian’s Small Space Studios in Preston, the vibe is very much five thousand miles to the west of the Lancashire town as the crow flies, with the feel of a foot on the pedal and a warm breeze on the freeway.