"June 15th marks the release of Clapped Out, the debut album from singer/songwriter Flat Ed. The ten tracks carve out a unique musical niche, being one part Phil Ochsian troubador, one part Human League-esque electropop and one part George Martin production vibes. This is an intimate album that begs for engaged listening, rather than casual attention. There are no currently trendy cliches to grab onto, but if one is willing to let the music propel them, rich rewards of originality will be reaped..."
The ten tracks are not easily pigeon-holed but my first listen reminded me of Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford’s early works with Squeeze and some of the New Wave writing of the 1980′s updated for modern consumption(...)Flat Ed goes beyond the standard pop fare and introduces other influences to bring the songs beyond what a standard Squeeze song may be about.
I also hear some similarities to the music of Roddy Frame (of Aztec Camera fame) and as one of my long-time favorite singer songwriters I consider this to be high praise for Flat Ed.
(Tim Brosnan/ The Eclectic Ear)