Posts Tagged ‘Charlie Cunningham’

This singer-songwriter opened for Lucy Rose on her recent tour and has won plaudits from Elton John – and after one listen to this brand of ambient folk, it’s easy to see why. An idiosyncratic percussive nylon-string player, his first album, “Lines”, capably stands out from the acoustic crowd

The Bedfordshire-born, London-based artist presents a dreamy, slow-building sound on Lines, with standout track “Minimum” personifying the exact sonic qualities that earned Cunningham such a sizeable fanbase initially. Clocking in at just over three minutes, it refuses to compromise on quality and magnifies his sheer talent.

Luscious percussive qualities abound in a strong start to the record. The vocally rhythmic “Answers” oozes British charm without flashy instrumentation, just raw and consistently winning melodies, whereas the title track’s softly sung vocals and swirling guitar sees him artist at his wistful best.

“Lights Off” stops, starts and stutters along but maintains attention with its moody build-up before erupting into a passionate display. It’s a slow-burning beauty and is certainly amongst Cunningham’s best work to date. His next moves will be closely measured against Lines, as this is a soaring debut