There's a plethora of male singer/songwriters at the moment and; as Ed Sheeran recently proved with his dire performance on X Factor, not necessarily all of a standard, but with the release of his Indigo Bird EP, Bradford's William Stead is heading towards the top of the pile.
William Stead has been writing and performing his distinctive brand of Alt Folk from 2010 and with the release of Indigo Bird seems to have very much found his niche.
Kicking off with the vocally plaintive yet nicely melodious Sleep the EP starts strong and continues in that manner with Silence. Its got a more laid back Brit Poppy feel as he uses the musicality of his guitar to compliment the vocal.
Title track Indigo Bird conveys a sense of longing and regret made all the more poignant by the wistful guitar work whilst Paris showcases the distinctive and compulsive vocal stylings of William Stead.
Money has a soulful retro feel with the horns on intro leading into the final track Sometimes which emphasises the quality of his musicality and songwriting ability on this quietly understated gem of an EP.