Helicopter by Ian Roland
The EP kicks off with 'Hate' and it's exactly the opposite effect that this infectious ballad has on me (probably my favourite track). The EP, which he produced along with Jake Skinner and which was mixed and mastered in Cobb's Mill Studios continues with the delightful 'Songbirds' and Ian's innate ability to write gentle lyrics and meld them with comforting melodies make this the perfect follow-up track by this highly talented multi-instrumentalist.
'Got You Annie' has it's bones in Loggins and Messina and it's followed up by 'Never Be Lost' with Ian Roland showing he has an old Californian soul. As if to prove that 'Shooting Star' is a more reflective, acoustic track with shades of 60's San Francisco in it's gentle melody, whilst the eponymous 'Helicopter' is a more upbeat slice of original Alt-Folk niceness. This collection of songs is a must have for any serious folk lovers CD collection.