Insightful Americana From The Irish Heartlands.
While ‘billed’ as an Irish singer-songwriter, our friend Dean Maywood has a truly ‘International’ feel to his songs and the way he sings ’em.
While Ireland is noted for its love of Country Music, Maywood skirts the Americana and more cerebral singer-songwriter edges rather than the twiddly-dee, check shirt wearing music we normally associate with the Emerald Isle.
Dean first came to my attention via opening track Jane, when it was a single back in January. This haunting and atmospheric song, with sumptuous harmonies supplied by Siobhan McShane, conjures up images of running away and driving down Ventura Highway, rather than the M1 from Dublin to Belfast…… it’s that kind of cinematic and romantic bittersweet love song we love here at RMHQ.
From listening to this EP and some of Dean’s much earlier work I don’t think his singing style is ‘effected’ in anyway, it’s just the way he sings and when you add a steel-guitar and warm harmonies ( Patsy Gallagher this time) the imagery he creates on Louisiana defies listeners not top presume he comes from East Nashville or downtown Oklahoma City and not the North of Southern Ireland; and it’s similar in many ways with the starker and more haunting The Silver Dollar.
If anything, the only disappointment here is the actual brevity of the disc, as its only 5 songs long; but Maywood certainly throws down his marker as a talented storyteller with the final song here Lay You Down and the song that is the RMHQ Favourite Track, Knowing & Lying which really does criss-cross the intelligent writing of John Martyn, John Prine and perhaps even John Lennon in the way he details the minutiae of a heartbreaking relationship but somehow making it sound of operatic proportions.
Released June 7th 2019