Stylusboy is the recording name for Steve Jones, an up-and-coming Coventry-based musician who makes poppy folk music. His first EP Fingerprint was released in 2009, and since then the singer-songwriter has been turning many heads. He has been featured on BBC Introducing, as well as building up quite a live following having played alongside such acts as Newton Faulkner, whose music is a good comparison sound-wise. Other obvious influences on Stylusboy’s music include Damien Rice and Badly Drawn Boy, as well as Elbow.
Jones’ new six-track EP, Whole Picture, released last month, is very promising indeed – the songs are melodic, pretty, and above all, rather catchy. The title track, which opens the record, is just lovely, and another highlight is the gorgeous Left to Hide; here, the female backing vocals, present throughout a lot of the EP, really shine, creating gorgeous harmonies. The best song on the record though is probably Gunfight at the OK Corral – it is the most upbeat number on the EP and is rather difficult not to hum along to.
If you are into chilled out, acoustic guitar-driven male singer-songwriters with beautiful melodies, then Stylusboy is definitely worth checking out. You can download his EP from his website now.