Monday 25 February 2013

Christopher Nelson - Older Hands

With a two-year gap since his last release, Nelson is quick to self-deprecate and offer explanation: "It's been about two years since I've gathered up the confidence to make acoustic music again... Apologies if it's not as good as previous or if there's things wrong with it, but if you stick around - I'll only try harder to get better."

Fortunately, there's really no need for him to say sorry. His latest track 'Older Hands' shows us (just as 2011's brief 'Songbook EP' did) that Nelson is a talented singer-songwriter, whose only real failing is not giving us enough to listen to. The instrumentation may not deviate far from a set of guitar strums and light picking but the sound of his voice gives us more than enough to appreciate via its rough, cracking crescendos and authenticity.

Christopher Nelson finds inspiration from the likes of Bon Iver, James Morrison and - more obviously - Damien Rice, yet manages to avoid any copycatting. The few songs he has provided us with so far show an enticing glimpse of his originality and ability, and hopefully there is yet more to come if this young man will let his guard down just a little.


"Don't play the saxophone. Let it play you." - Charlie Parker

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