Nick Mulvey’s debut album has been hotly anticipated, and it doesn’t disappoint.
‘First Mind’ showcases new sides to the former Portico Quartet member: his rhythmic guitar is born from West African influences, his love of hip-hop evident, and the ambience, groove and melody here proves irresistible.
There are some recognisable tracks, familiar to fans who’ve been around since the beginning of this solo adventure, but the new offerings stand out. The title track is as subtle and beautiful as Nick Drake, while ‘April’ is stunning, Mulvey’s fingers fluttering over strings like a heard of wild ponies.
‘First Mind’ is captivating, full of intricacies and influences that should see it celebrated as one of the great albums of 2014.
Words: Gemma Hampson
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