The gravel-encrusted hues of Dylan, Stewart and latterly, Kelly Jones are undoubtedly acquired tastes, but Adam Masterson, with his own pleasing growl, is joining these esteemed ranks with apparent ease. His debut LP One Tale Too Many was greeted with a hopeful response as he etches his mark with the new wave of male singer songwriter such as Ed Harcourt and Damien Rice. Impressive for a 22 year old London boy.
Sunlight Song is taken from the album and is a gem of simplicity. Starting with plain acoustic guitar his vocal eases in with a haze of effortless melody and languid lyrics - "The air is so sweet, my mind it melts in the heat, I dream away, in the sunlight haze". There is a perfection to this song as it lulls softly to the final notes without interruption of thought or musical discord.
There are strong inflections of Richard Ashcroft, but this does not distract. There is nothing so touching as simple guitar, melody and lyric and as Masterson meanders in this beauty, so too does the listener, reminiscing in sun torched fields, and summers of peace. Lovely.