Thanks to the likes of Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Ben Howard and Daughter, acoustic and folk has remained at the forefront over the last year. New addition to this ever-expanding genre of music is Broken Boat, bringing with them harmonicas, various string instruments and charming lyrics brimming with nostalgia.
Broken Boat consists of Plymouth-based Daniel Bahrami and Brendan Kearney, who now live and work in Hertfordshire. Debut EP Peace and Quiet was released in September 2012 with Which Wolf Wins Records, and consists of 7 beautifully-crafted and effortlessly endearing songs. Their Devon roots have greatly influenced the EP, with the quaint, simple lyrics and the warm, earthy strings making it the perfect accompaniment to a day by the sea.
Still Young is a flawless opening track; the combination of Daniel’s nostalgic lyrics and Brendan’s acoustic guitar instantly establishes Broken Boat as a talented folk duo, and it’s hard not to smile at the harmonica introduction and enchanting chorus. Let’s Make Time to Talk, Lacklustre and Yellow Cars are somewhat more subdued and melancholic, but still maintain the sweet summery aspect of the rest of the EP.
Title track Peace and Quiet is arguably the highlight of the EP. An animated music video has been created for it, telling the tale of a sailboat’s travels, and its simplicity is what makes it so lovely. Daniel’s unique voice and effortless vibrato is reminiscent of Keaton Henson; only a more upbeat and less emotionally unstable version, perhaps.
Peace and Quiet is a strong EP and the future of Broken Boat looks very promising; if the success of other modern folk artists is anything to go by, Daniel and Brendan are ones to watch in the coming months.