Simplicity is a double-edged sword. If something is too simple it can be regarded as lacking ability, finesse or talent. On the other hand, it can be something without pretension, stripping bare the elements of a song to its exposed bones and laying it out with nothing to protect. The results can be stark and beautiful, and Isaac Gracie‘s EP, ‘Songs from my Bedroom’, is just that. Him, alone, his acoustic guitar and a bit of echo and vocal harmony.

The opening track is this, ‘Terrified’. A song with as much anguish and anxiety as you’re likely to hear. It tells a story of paranoia, self doubt and low self esteem: “I’m terrified but maybe, I’m not cut out for this”.

The guitar sound is reminiscent of old blues recordings, lots of bottom end and minimal treble, which conjures images of Robert Johnson or Lead Belly.

It’s a perfect antidote to the saccharine sweet pop that can saturate the airwaves with blind optimism. Sometimes you need something to connect with when all is not rosy in your garden. Isaac is mastering melancholy and the infinite sadness.

Let’s be honest, all is not great in this world of ours. There’s beauty in the darkness though.