Monday sees the release of Give Me Something a new EP from Middlesborough born singer/songwriter Scott Lloyd.
Having moved to Manchester he's become a firm favourite on the local scene with his blend of folky Americana and this new rendering will build on that.
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God I Say kicks off the EP strongly with its punchy, reflective lyric and Dylan-esque musicality. It's followed up by the plaintive Give Me Something which reinforces what I've said previously about Scott Lloyd being a younger version of Jackson Browne, but bringing a grittier flavour to his own brand of North Western based Americana.
What Have I Gotta Do is pure Americana with a hopeful message and a bouncy tune leading into the lilting Picture In My Mind in which Scott Lloyd's harmonica once again shows the Dylan influence in his music but also reminds me of Ewan McColl's Dirty Old Town (which was about his home town of Salford).
Make That Mistake is more of a hat tilt towards Alt Folk with its choppy acoustic guitar and the EP finishes with Is This What You Dreamed Of which kicks off with almost a hint of Pink Floyd before it builds into what for me, is the strongest track on Give Me Something.
Scott Lloyd laid a strong foundation with his previous release The Northern Gate and he's built on that with a collection of six well crafted songs that confirms his pedigree as one of the best of a bunch of young singer/songwriters currently exploding from the North West. He's embarking on a mini tour starting off with a launch of Give Me Something in The Eagle Inn, Salford on the 17th of November with support from Liam McClair and Bones.