The Eighteenth Day of May expressed intention is to play it for real and a quick glance at their bio reveals a sextet who know what they are talking about. So instead of carving the words painfully deep into their upper arms with a Swiss army knife they instead delve into a world that has Fairport Convention sitting imperiously on the throne. It’s hard to argue with their intentions when they come up with goods as absorbing as ‘Hide And Seek’. Giddy fret play and handsome harmonies are only half the attraction because what really impresses is the absence of fawning adulation. The Eighteenth Day of May don’t seem to be playing by anyone else’s rules, they have started writing brand new ones all of their own (hugger goes down another ‘sounds-like’ press release copy and paste cul-de-sac, ah well that’s what good music does to me). The band are currently in the studio recording new material following the release of self-titled debut earlier this year. KD
The Eighteenth Day Of May – Hide And Seek
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