Album review: ahab – Wits End

Navigator Records www.navigatorrecords.co.uk

Ahab have been gaining rave reviews including ones from Bob Harris and Simon Mayo, coupled with honing their sound with live appearances including an appearance at Fairport Conventions’ annual Cropredy festival.

I have reviewed their previous EP ‘KMVT’ previously and that was one glorious piece of harmony filled folk meets acoustic pop. This release includes that EP, plus ‘No King’ compiled together and given a re-mastering.

Where to start? ‘Wish You’ and ‘Run Me Down’ show the band’s four part vocal harmonies off to stunning effect. Like the Byrds less the jangly guitar sound. ‘Lucy’ and ‘Docker’s Hands’ mine a more folk tinged sound, helped by having the mandolin playing of Luke Price complementing the guitars Callum Adamson and Dave Burn.

Just go and buy/download the damn CD as band’s this talented don’t come too often…

****1/2

Jason Ritchie


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