• joe banfi Iron EP (4-track CD, £4.95)

    label: Communion

    Produced and nurtured by Communionís Ian Grimble, this EP is an emotional, satisfying first listen to this young Northern voice. Fronted by Gut & Bones, a song of great atmosphere and carefully plucked resonance, Joeís voice provides the telling instrument, as it does on all 4 songs showcased on this debut. Northwichís Joe Banfi has that stark individualism that Communion discovered with the debut releases by both Michael Kiwanuka and Ben Howard. Where Banfi typically shares an affinity with a number of timeless solo artists of old, itís his unlikely rock, grunge, and metal influences that provide the unsettling aura of the record. Joe Banfi is another fine example of Communionís collective ear for unearthing unquestionably brilliant young artists, but he is also a very fine example of a delicate young British voice with an enviable future.

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