A succinct and confident debut EP
Mark John’s love for music became serious after starting guitar lessons aged 14 and now six years on the singer songwriter has released his debut EP ‘Long Time Coming’. Interestingly, his guitar teacher at the time, Richard Woods, is now his accompanying guitarist and co-writer. The talented duo, in just three songs – lasting a total of 11 minutes – successfully showcase an appealing and soulful acoustic pop-rock sound.
“Richard is now currently my accompanying guitarist as well as my partner in crime”
The title track is an intricate number which is both confident and catchy. It was inspired by Mark John moving down to the London music scene from the North East and also reflects on an unexpected relationship, “I didn’t see you coming/You didn’t make a sound”.
“moving the music down to London was a real achievement and inspired ‘Long Time Coming’”
Breaking free of a restrictive relationship is the subject of ‘Let it Out’, “no longer bound by your embrace”. “I couldn’t give you all that you asked of me”, Mark John poignantly admits. His powerful and gutsy vocals convey a powerful determination, “I haven’t come this far to fall at your feet” which is echoed in the pounding drum beat and empowering upbeat chorus.
“I think the integration of the older electric vibes with the more modern production and melody makes for something a little different”
‘Stay a While’ is an intimate reflection on coming to terms with the end of a relationship and the challenge of letting go and learning to start over, “we all fear change”. Mark John presents the conflict between trying to move forward, “on my own path now/Looking forward, no tears” and the inevitable chains of nostalgia, “reflection is a heartache” as he laments, “I thought you’d stay for a while”. The atmospheric and reflective guitar riffs along with Mark John’s impressive vocal range cement this track as a highlight.
“I’d love to be in a position to release an album and tour the country and perhaps bigger than that someday”
The influences Mark John draws on for his music such as James Bay, Hozier and George Ezra are immediately evident in his music, however, he has the ability and talent to stand on his own. His potential shines through on this confident debut EP and leaves us wanting to hear much more.
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By Eveline Vouillemin – Up&Coming