Nick Byrne - Breathe In, Breathe Out
Record Label: Self Released
Release Date: June 9, 2012
High Wycombe, England’s Nick Byrne has returned, just over a year since his debut, self-titled EP, to tease our ears with yet another short window into his acoustic folk. His debut was a mere three tracks, but this rendezvous is even more brief, with only two tracks on ‘Breathe In, Breathe Out’. While his first EP contained a high level of potential and promise, Breathe In, Breathe Out tames the talent of his debut, and channels it into two more mature and well crafted tracks.
It starts with the title track, ‘Breathe In, Breathe Out’. Instantly, Byrne’s vocals are as strikingly British as ever, and are more honed and controlled than before. Once again, his vocals are strong, and work to separate him from the world of broken-voiced folk troubadours, as he possesses genuine talent. The song has a slightly hard edge to it but manages to be catchy and incredibly hummable. Instrumentally, it’s just a simple, but effective acoustic track.
‘Demons’ is quite different. More delicate than its predecessor, the vocals are even more attractive, and the lyrics are both poetic and accessible.
Overall, the only failure of this release is its shortness. Nick Byrne is an extremely talented, young, singer-songwriter, who should be receiving a lot more attention than he is. Hopefully, he will get around to releasing a full length, and he’ll make good on the promise that he’s already showing.