On his debut EP, Toby Noble channels the roots of folk music to create a lush collection of acoustic melodies. The classical picking style Noble adopts across these four songs is underpinned by a prominent blues spirit. Opener Bill perhaps elicits this sonic fusion the best, the track’s graceful, opening melody transcending into an evocation of the chaotic folk baroque style popularised by the likes of Bert Jansch. Noble’s talent to maintain a constant, flowing atmosphere of peaceful landscapes through his masterfully measured picking style is a rare quality which makes Rivers a more than worthy product of its vast influences.
By Patrick Barnes