Michael Baker is a London (UK) based singer-songwriter who is officially releasing his debut “Keys To The Kingdom” EP on 27th April 2015.
Lead track “Dust And Bone” features Georgia Mason (Kid Gloves / Universal), whose unique vocal compliments Michael’s perfectly — their soaring harmonies creating a haunting yet soulful sound.
Michael’s live show has seen him tour with his full band, and he has featured as “Cafe Nero’s Artist of the month”’ including play listing across all of the UK cafes and also played a support slot with The Noisettes.
We had a listen to “Keys To The Kingdom”:
‘Dust And Bone’ has an incredible sponge-like feel with lots of cell-to-cell connections between the glass-like lucidity of Georgia and the pleated beauty of Michael’s hickory voice.
The song builds up to create a thing of shuddering beauty with a pale organ-sound sandwiched between the two layers of vocal.
‘Leaving It All’ is like a river, softly rippled.
The voice here is like butter-syrup — with a hollow centre that allows regret and sadness to seep out.
This immensely satisfying song is far more than ‘mere’ folk — it is also articulate and ornate — it reminds us of the complicated psych folk of the 1960’s (think Byrds.)
‘Good Woman’ has a pinnate comb of strums that rise like tiny splinters across a hazy surface.
The pace is jazzy, languid and cresting… With brushed-drum work and three-dimensional vocal accompaniments that rise like stars before heating up your heart to rise with gentleness towards your brow.
Powerful folk rock with a warming male voice and a sense of melancholy that would be overwhelming if it were not so damn beautiful.
Words: @neilmach 2015 ©