Joseph Lyons, better known by his moniker Eaves, has released the best folk album of the year. The main reason behind it is all the little moments that feel far removed from folk and yet blend in perfectly. Growing up listening to grunge and prog as much as folk, he’s drawn on a broad range of influences. The vibrancy of his musical palette is what makes his debut album so stunning. ‘Dove In Your Mouth’ has dark flashes of Alice In Chains, ‘As Old As The Grave’ pairs Bon Iver style harmonies with some interesting drum fills and ‘Purge’ adds some slick blues into the mix. Lyrically the songs mostly consist of lines that sound amazing, even though the meaning behind them is unclear. Album highlight ‘Pylons’ is a prime example: “Dreamers talk in two’s and three’s/Lovers walk with grass stained knees/From tall cities to the past stained leaves in the valley”.
Whilst Eaves has an open mind to all sorts of genres, his debut is still steeped in folk vibes. Bob Dylan and Jeff Buckley are clearly amongst his biggest influences. His music is honest and open; this oddly titled album is awfully inviting, but really needs time and patience in order to truly appreciate it. This is a collection of songs that were meant to be together. What truly impresses about this debut though is you get the feeling that this is only the tip of the iceberg. I can imagine future releases really delving into exciting new worlds and being even more artfully diverse. Singer/songwriters are ten-a-penny, but ones as good as this are worth their weight in gold.