For those individuals that are not immediately familiar with the name Seth Lakeman, ey was a member of Equation during the bandâ€™s three-disc run. â€œIntroducingâ€ is not the first solo Lakeman album (even if it does sound that way): â€œThe Punch Bowlâ€, â€œKitty Jayâ€, and â€œFreedom Fieldsâ€ all were full length albums that preceded these EPs. Â â€œLady Of The Seaâ€ shows an Irish influence to Lakeman. Hints of Michael Smithâ€™s foray into the style are present during this track, as the instrumentation present during the track provide a musically sound foundation for Lakemanâ€™s pop-heavy style. â€œLady of the Seaâ€ is a short track, but Lakeman does well in creating a cohesive sound that individuals can easily ascribe to eir. â€œKing and Countryâ€ removes the Irish sound of â€œLady of the Seaâ€ but keeps a folksy guitar sound for the track.
Lakemanâ€™s vocals blend equal parts Mark Schultz and the Crash Test Dummies; the inclusion of a second set of vocals during this track gives â€œKing and Countryâ€ a fullness that will facilitate its journey up the charts. â€œThe Colliersâ€ is the first track of the second EP, and it has a much more current type of sound than the songs on the first EP. The vocals assume a dominant role during â€œThe Colliersâ€ that show off Lakemanâ€™s ability, but also give this second EP a different sound than the first. The twangy guitar still looks back a few hundred years, but Lakemanâ€™s approach during â€œThe Colliersâ€ will ensure a visit to Popworld and (if it was still around on a weekly basis) Top of the Pops. These two EPs combine to act as a current â€œgreatest hitsâ€ for Lakeman; individuals that may not know exactly who ey was at the beginning will be sure to pick up eir albums after hearing these six cuts.
Top Track: The Colliers