Ep Review – Maud by Aspen Sails
7 out of 10
The five-song EP, ‘Maud’ from the Aspen Sails finds the Lincolnshire duo on good form. Fusing music styles from the likes of Fleet Foxes, and several other Nu-Folk groups with old school folk duos such as Simon and Garfunkel, they have produced a work of autumnal warmth. Although there is nothing here to raise the heart-rate, the five songs are studies in quiet and quality songwriting. The vocals of Charlie Johns and Bertie Telezynski wrap around each other like a scarf, while lightly strummed acoustic guitars and light percussion give the tracks a forward momentum. ‘So Pretty’ and ‘Forest’ are songs of beguiling acoustic beauty, while ‘Mourning Cloak’ is a far deeper proposition. The duo has already received accolades for their live performances, and their first EP shows that they are a musical force of much promise.