If you spend your days sat in a catatonic state, day dreaming to Bon Iver’s For Emma, Forever ago, then here is another bleakly beautiful album for you.
By Katie Manning
Tercelvoice is the self-titled debut of the solo project of Yorkshireman, Andy Squires. An up and coming voice that has been picked out by BBC Introducing, and will soon be recording a live session.
The album is a collection of lyrical, acoustic indie-folk that strips down the genre back to a charming simplicity. This is evident in tracks such as the opening, Bad to the Bone, as a lazy riff trudges along accompanying Squires heartfelt, vulnerability in the lyrics. This sparse and haunting style seems to be Squires speciality, as shown particularly on Angel – as the quiet acoustics play, Squires voice is so full of fragility that it’s like he’s on the edge of tearing up. The songs melodic tempos and evocative falsettos don’t make this the most engaging album, but it is great for those who like to melt away into the music and just ‘be’.
Yet a backing of drum beats on songs like The Love He Kept breaks up the album nicely. Squire’s addition of more of a smooth grove to his guitar, and some interspersed bass lines make for a different sound, experimenting with a bluesy spin to a folk record, showing a glimpse that Squire can venture down different avenues.
But it’s closing track Girl that is my stand-out, the vocals aren’t overdubbed as is the case with some of the other songs, and showcases Squire’s raw vocal, whilst still holding onto the brutal honesty in his lyrics. The backing acoustics is an interesting riff that keeps you absorbed in the song. Girl finishes an unapologetically melancholy record that is a great mix of soft and harsh sounds.
Tercelvoice by Tercelvoice is available on Spotify now.