Made with just a guitar, a traditional Burmese banjo and occasional subtle use of strings ,this album combines Wells’ sublime sense of melody with a beautifully fragile instrumentation and production.
CD Review by Graham Blackley
For some reason, possibly my own laziness, Tamas Wells had disappeared from my musical radar since I interviewed him in 2003 for “Beat” magazine.
It has been wonderful to dive back into the sparkling melodies and gentle indie folk-pop that he is so adept at creating and to relish his refreshing minimalism.
Like Simon and Garfunkel, Wells has that almost unearthly ability to gladden the listener’s heart with subtle and angelic vocal melodies that seem to stick in the memory almost immediately upon first exposure to them.
“Two Years in April”, features Wells on vocals, guitar, banjo and percussion and Jo Griffiths on viola, and it is the type of album that transports the listener from wherever they happen to be mired to somewhere dreamy, sun-kissed and buoyant.
Considering that I listened to this album whilst anchored to home during a seemingly everlasting lockdown, it was a nourishing treat to be brightened and uplifted by Wells and his often ethereal music.