U.K. singer-songwriter Seth Lakeman is perfectly set up to become one of the latest, greatest singers to bust onto the American nouveau folk scene. Lakeman has already nabbed awards from BBC Radio as well as the attention of the big-wigs at Rolling Stone at this year’s SXSW.
The Digital EPs are a pre-cursor to his upcoming full-length debut album, due out in September, which will directly follow a U.K. tour with Tori Amos.
So who is this alleged Seth Lakeman, anyways? Imagine a combination of hippie, indie, and “smooth” folk rock. The first track, titled “Lady of the Sea,” which is a single in the U.K., is an almost Irish sounding ditty, while “The Colliers” packs more of a string-based jam sound. Considering Lakeman’s first two albums cost less than $1,000 to make, and one was nominated for a Mercury Music Prize, it is pretty obvious this gent has made a subtle, yet commanding entrance into the music world.
Interestingly enough, his songs sound very similar to local Boulder bands like Meniskus; doing a wonderful job of combining various sub-genres to avoid being pigeonholed altogether. Lakeman’s strength lies in his ability to transform his sound from one song to the next without sounding like he is trying to appease the fiery tiki gods of folk rock; and let’s face it, these days, it is pretty hard not to piss off the tiki gods.
Audio streams, for your listening pleasure:
“King And Country”
“The White Hare” (acoustic)