With the follow-up to his acclaimed 2013 debut album, Changing Days, due imminently, Neil Mannion marks his return to action with an impressive, single-track salvo. According to those who've heard the new album, Trails, "Empty Early Years & The Seed" is fairly typical of the path he's chosen. While rooted in the same woozy, half-awake deep-house/lilting pop hybrid he's been developing for a while, the track is built on off-kilter broken beats, atmospheric chords, and surprisingly spacey synthesizer motifs. There's a melancholic, heart-aching vocal, too - presumably provided by Mannion himself - and more pained moodiness than the similarly spine-tingling "Mercy Street" by Peter Gabriel. The album will definitely be worth a listen.
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