It is a rare thing to discover that an acoustic artist can still bring something new to the table, injecting their own personality into the mix, whilst still retaining the rawness and the tenderness, that makes solo performers so unique. And with his new EP, Fall Into You, Toby Burton captures this rarest of things and excels in his art.
With such a well flowing and diverse EP, every song has something unique to offer, whether it be the piano-led, stripped back yet nuanced Satellite, or the reflective Home, on which Burton shows off his powerful vocal abilities as he yearns for a place he once knew.
Perhaps the strongest and most well-rounded track here however is The Middle – unsurprisingly also released as a single. The exciting dabbles into psychedelic, rockier elements give this one heaps of potential to be a crowd pleaser, helped along by the jangle of a reverb-laden guitar and a driving back beat as the perfect accompaniment to Burton’s lovelorn lyrics.
As difficult as it is to strike any comparisons to Toby Burton, I was often reminded of the striking lyricisms and acoustic stylings of Elliott Smith, and similar themes covering everything from romance to finding the next bar.
Fall Into You is a confident and accomplished EP that glistens with an ambition and creativity that any musician would be proud of. Fingers crossed it isn’t too long until the next one.