Days Are Done are singer-songwriter Emmy Kay and BAFTA winning TV & film composer Adam Lewis. The duo had known each other from the music scene for some time, but it wasn't until they sat down to write together that their chemistry became apparent. Recording on a laptop in Adam's front room gave them their initial breakthrough with their first EP's leading to slots of the BBC and supporting Michael Kiwanuka and going to Nashville. Their new EP, Closer continues their old vs new vibe, but their music already seems timeless and has the zing of instant musical gratification.
The EP of assorted love songs ranging from the awestruck to the sombre. The lead single Never Let You Go is an upbeat country song about the endurance of a relationship, no matter what. It's lyrically simple, but the fervour of the performers immediately pushes it into the realms of songs by Lady Antebellum and The Band Perry. Closer relies on tight vocal harmonies and a bare accompaniment to create an eloquent love song that is laced with beauty and melancholy. On My Mind continues the musical simplicity and You moves away from it with telling hints of a bigger sound for the duo incorporating electric guitar, piano and percussion.
There's little doubt that their DIY approach to music making has helped forged Day Are Done's distinctive sound relies on melodies, rhythms and harmonies. It's honest, heartfelt and enduring.
Groupie Rating 4/5