James Edge and the Mindstep – Four Two Four
23rd September 2016
Louder than War get back to their folk roots with the majestic James Edge and the Mindstep.
James Edge and the Mindstep are a jazz-folk trio comprised of Edge, double bassist Andy Waterworth and drummer Avvon Chambers. London based and with fingers and toes that have felt the influence of such diverse acts as New Order, Elbow, Bloc Party and Laura Marling, you would be excused if you thought that this was an indie pop band with street urchin influences. Alas, you would be wrong as the sounds and noises that the Mindstep produce are far more related to Laura Marling and The Levellers rather than The Libertines.
‘Four two four’ is an absolute belter of a folk track. With its insistent skiffle drumming, violin accompaniment and beautifully sung lyrics by James Edge, this track has everything for folk enthusiasts or people who just love great music. Complete with edgy lyrics and lovely arrangement, ‘Four two four’ really is a cracker of a tune.
They have at times the sound of The Bluebells (remember them?) which may allow them the transition into the mainstream. If not, I think James Edge and the Mindstep will be folk festival stalwarts for many years to come. Lovely stuff.
All words by Ioan Humphreys. More writing by Ioan can be found at his author’s archive.