S J Denney is an Essex-based singer-songwriter. He performs folk music with an indie edge. An Island of Clouds EP is his latest release…
This collection of songs builds upon last year’s Forgotten Friends EP. The ideas keep flowing and every track offers something new. With this record, the main shift is the introduction of bouzouki and piano driven songs.
Beginnings opens the EP, boasting layer upon layer of harmony. It’s a bold statement, with a vocal-only arrangement. This track serves as a beautiful introduction to a wonderfully crafted record.
The pace is lifted with the folky A Place We Knew. Here the trademark acoustic guitar is replaced with a bouzouki. There’s a subtle ambience to this track and the wordplay is a delight. At various points the chord progression catches the listener off guard, ensuring they’re always paying attention.
Next up is Stand in Light/I Could Be Forgiven (You Decide). The guitar hooks offer the ultimate ear candy. Especially when combined with one of Denney’s best vocal performances to date. To top things off, the harmonium is a welcome addition to the melting pot.
This World Moves On slows the mood. S J rarely uses the piano as his weapon of choice, but when he does the results are stunning. The lyric is inspired by Greta Thunberg, providing stark imagery of the global challenges unfolding before our eyes.
The EP concludes with the upbeat All of the Above. Not only is the title the perfect way to round off the release, but the lyric also references all of the tracks that came before. If that wasn’t enough, a brilliant brass section comes to play and the coda is to die for.
‘He’s got the edge that can rarely be captured on stage. S J Denney’s music is meant to be in the spotlight and will only move forward from here on out.’ – LIVAMP
‘I can definitely hear how Noel Gallagher has been a major influence, but S J still makes his music his own. The details within his writing definitely make his music stand out; especially with his vocal style.’ – My Random Jukebox
‘S J is someone who has always had a great way with words and knows how to craft details in his stories to grab the listener’s attention. But a story is only as good as its narrator, and his voice compliments his words perfectly.’ – The Appetizer Radio Show