NICK MUL­VEY First Mind Caro­line Records

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC - TONY CLAY­TON-LEA

Nick Mul­vey knows how the busi­ness works: he’s a for­mer mem­ber of the 2008 Mer­cury Mu­sic Prize-nom­i­nated Por­tico Quar­tet (one of those bands you never hear of be­fore the nom­i­na­tions are an­nounced). For the past few years, how­ever, un­ruf­fled by ex­pec­ta­tions, Mul­vey has flown un­der the radar, sup­port­ing the likes of Laura Mar­ling (clearly a kin­dred spirit), delv­ing even fur­ther into his ethno-mu­sica­log­i­cal in­ter­ests, and re­fin­ing his folk/pop style to the de­gree that he sounds much more than just pro­vi­sion­ally skilled. The songs on Mul­vey’s solo de­but al­bum owe in­evitable but ten­ta­tive debts to in­flu­ences rang­ing from the usual (Nick Drake) to the not so (Roy Harper). Un­usu­ally, there’s no wild over­reach­ing here. Rather, we have a suite of songs that drift quite smartly along that stretch of road clearly marked “cred­i­ble main­stream”. nick­mul­

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