Liam Frost & The Slowdown Family - The Mourners of St. Paul's
So it begins as a dreary, almost David Gray style ballad of slow guitar strumming which doesn't really lift the spirits. But, out of the distance, a violin and piano echo across, sparse and haunting. It's then that Liam Frost and his Slowdown Family soar as the drums kick in and the lyrics about desperation and loss click in time - an almost folk beginning switches to a more straight forward rock song with electric guitar and a school choir chanting. However the choir are singing "Let the funeral start", hinting at a more left-field direction than some of the current crop of singer/songwriters (yes James Blunt, I'm looking at you); something a little darker, more real.
"Settled in my old routines" may be the refrain but Liam Frost is certainly a new voice and one which pitches him somewhere between the indie-folk music of Badly Drawn Boy and the twisted lyrics of Bright Eyes. This is an assured single from a singer/songwriter who deserves your time.