Beginning life as the solo project of the uber-talented Daniel Green, Laish, who are now a quintet, are something else entirely. Their pure, homegrown folk emanates beauty of all kinds, showcasing an elegant and delicate songwriting style as well as get-up-and-dance vocal harmonies and pure musicianship most could only hope to accomplish.
This is genuine folk music; the melodies are gorgeous, and Danny’s gritty, wholesome vocal style sets Laish apart from so many artists trying to capture a folksy magic reserved only for the most talented of musicians. From the opening tips of ‘Song On A Transition’ all the way through to the melodic endings of ‘A Happy Accident’, Laish are brilliant. It’s unsurprisingly that these wondrous musical creatures Laish call songs are so moreish – the five band members lend their talents to everybody from Laura Marling to The Leisure Society to Sons of Noel & Adrian when they’re not self-booking tours, self-releasing albums and playing all over Europe and the UK. Laish’s debut is incredibly accomplished. This is real, beautiful, honest, gracious and just plain wonderful music. 9/10