By Tim Fletcher
The seasonally-titled Winter Into Spring is Tim Fletcher's first professionally recorded CD. The unsigned singer-songwriter originates from West Yorkshire (though currently located in Sheffield), and cites impressive influences such as; Nick Drake, Neil Young, Bright Eyes and Devendra Banhart.
This 3-track demo is the type of radio-friendly acoustic folk which has seen him likened to Damien Rice, with sincere lyrics, sorrowful arrangements and a tender vocal style. Rather unfortunately, Tim seems to fall into the category of the cliché singer-songwriter, talented no doubt, but not enough originality or depth to really separate him from his peers.
All 3 songs on this demo feature in Tim's MySpace profile. The poetic opener 'Strength In My Legs' is probably the weakest song on the CD. In contrast, 2nd song 'River Winds-Away' is a big improvement, with touches of harmonica and a dreamy guitar line adding presence to the warm vocals. Whilst the final song 'Time Wanders On' immediately conjures up thoughts of David Ford, with Tim's touching vocals hitting the spot.
Tim Fletcher is looking to enter the studio once more this year (having written over 30 songs in the last 12 months). With that in mind, there is certainly enough evidence here to suggest that he's well worth keeping an eye on, but you just get the feeling that he's going to have to show some signs of improvement if he's to have any chance of future success.