My Grey Horse - The Marley Banks EP

by James Bray Rating:5.5 Release Date:2012-02-13

My Grey Horse play provincial english folk-rock, and they do it quite well. The band are from Stratford-upon-Avon and based around the three Butler brothers: John, Peter and Oobah. This group are pretty good, just good enough to ride the wave of popularity that contemporary folk music has been enjoying of late. If you like wooly jumpers, home-brew and sad films, you might like The Marley Banks EP.

On the first song, 'Let Me Know (About the Waves)', the group really play indie-guitar music but with a twilight, water-colour aesthethic; think of Weezer in the countryside, and with a smaller gene pool. This track just about stands up as a song on its own, but the harmonies don't work well, and the hooks are crowbarred together.
The band are much more comfortable and effective with acoustic guitars, knocking out folk-pop songs like 'Waste of Air.' The songs on this EP are sweet and nice enough but they all feel slightly limp and overly sentimental. The Butlers and co are a competent bunch of musicians but they'll have to up their game if they're going to make it out of the scrumpy hinterland. At their worst, My Grey Horse are a bit too My Lovely Horse, but their best songs will allow them to find their place among welcoming folk audiences.

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