single review ~ meb jon sol ~ 'captain of this ship'

Born from the ashes of indie rockers Colenso Parade, Omagh's own Mickey McCullagh returns to the spotlight with his new folk rock outfit Meb Jon Sol. With a name supposedly derived from various childhood nicknames, and a backing band of friends both old and new, the overwhelming feeling of personal warmth and heart that Meb Jon Sol radiates is, thankfully, beautifully reflected in their debut single 'Captain Of This Ship'. Having spent prolonged periods of time living in Madrid, perhaps it was inevitable that the former lead guitarists style would shift and change with his surroundings. The result is an exhilarating mix of acoustic driven folk, with subtle hints of Mumford and Sons and our own Emerald Armada thrown in for good measure. 

Although these may be too obvious comparisons for what is a very original track. The backing vocals of 'All this is yours my friend, all this is yours' providing a real foot-tapping sing along aspect that is a difficult element to capture. The instrumental interludes swing tirelessly into each verse, adding a Pogues styled breakdown of carefree abandon that makes this song difficult to dislike. Perhaps taking inspiration from Ben Howards hit 'The Wolves', 'Captain of This Ship' is a strong track that you imagine would finish a set with fast paced excitement. McCullagh's voice guides the track well, though you imagine the introduction of a second, female vocal to intertwine with the frontmans gravely tones may elevate Meb Jon Sol's folk rock to a new level. 

A confident and assured debut from a band with a lot more to offer.

Taylor Johnson

If You Like... The Pogues | Emerald Armada | Josh Ritter ~ You'll love 'Meb Jon Sol'

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