It’s coming to that time of year again, the time where Derbyshire Times’ Band of The Year rolls into town and it’s hard to believe it’s been two years since Ichabod graced the stage with his brilliantly eccentric style.
By style I don’t mean his fashion sense- Though I’m sure he has a brilliant one- I’m talking about his utterly divine bluesy rock and roll. I don’t know what it is that makes me love Ichabod; so I’m going to spend the rest of this review trying to pinpoint it, here it goes.
King Of The River is a three piece EP that begins with Cruel; a track opening with the sounds of the sea, which elegantly moves into Ichabod’strademark style; his electric riffs alone with his gorgeous vocals.
Maybe I love the fact that Ichabod, aka Kieran Smith, has vastly improved and crafted his sound since he first hit The Derbyshire Times’ pages a few years ago; the fact he sounds like he’s had forty years of experience rather than being a twenty something. Ichabod has a soul way beyond his age; just one of the reasons he’s excellent.
The Thorn is equally as enchanting, it is four and a half minutes full of simple heartfelt lyrics and it’s just a beautiful, beautiful song.
If King Of The River was a sponge cake, The Thorn would be the delicious, rich jam between the sponge. The EP is so layered in emotion and sincerity; Ichabod’s done well.
Finally, title track King Of The River brings the EP down to a chilling, eerie mix of piano and strings; a new style for Kieran but it really exposes his unique vocals; it’s an excellent set up.
There are a lot of up and coming songwriters in the game who are adapting to this simple style; piano and vocals, Tom Odell for example.
What Ichabod has that really raises the bar is his unbelievable talent; his knack for pouring his whole being into his work. Yeah, I think that’s why I love Ichabod’s music, I think I’ve hit it.
By Sian Hodkin