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Joel Nicholson has just packed the removal cases, his guitar and the instruments. It’s good that his music is so easy to transport from one place to another, between the places and to the people. Once, the 22-year-old Briton has described the cast list of his intimate band as “me and my bedroom”.

In Manchester the songs of “Butcher the Bar” fill a small house now. But soon these walls won’t be the single ones in which they live. “Make this house a home” matches this atmosphere. It sounds a little like Elliott Smith, the chords’ persuasive power, the immediacy of the softly spoken words. An artist like Joel Nicholson would have been called a singer / songwriter when this word had not become an overall label by now. In the meantime quiet was the new loud - in the case of Joel Nicholson it has stayed the old quiet. One is allowed to call it authenticity. But the times when artists did foolish things in order to write small big pop songs afterwards belong definitely to the past. Says Joel Nicholson. “Sleep at your own speed” tells about it once again.

The album is a coming-of-age novel consisting of thirteen short stories. “Getaway”, for instance, this declaration of woes to a city that used to be home once - “It used to be a good place”. Or “Ball Point Skin Notes”, this weightless forlornness of youth. “Leave Town” finally is that reduced and at the same time as exuberant as a pop song can be. An acoustic guitar, a banjo, a warm, direct voice. “I leave town tonight, if only western civilisation feels alright.


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  • JazzWhite


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  • Blackicystraw

    sooo lovely voice ~~

    12 Jan 2014 Reply
  • acsafialho

    so beautiful <3

    12 Jan 2012 Reply
  • RobHF

    nice support for dcfc, will be listening to a lot more i feel :)

    19 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Criznittle

    Butcher The Bar "Bobby" is featured on Indie/Rock Playlist: August (2011)

    4 Aug 2011 Reply
  • whiteclef1

    new album is so good, he should be so much more well-known :/

    18 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Konijn22


    28 May 2011 Reply
  • Cashback_


    3 May 2011 Reply
  • thiagocavallier


    12 Feb 2011 Reply
  • teamore

    very inspiring music. thank you.

    23 Dec 2010 Reply
  • Pisblom

    ok, you are like 22. that is the coolest age ever! apart from that fact i really digg your music. almost by accident i picked out, purely based on the artwork, some marked down cds . I scanned the barcodes and listened quickly. Right now ur cd plays in my student room. I do really recognize some Sufjan Stevens influences, and that is reaaaaaaally great! So keep up the good work & come play a gig in Brussels someday, I'd prefer to c u on the stage 'de Rotonde' in 'Le Botanique'. Ciao.

    31 Mar 2010 Reply
  • -bianca-

    lullabies sent from heaven is such a great description =)

    19 Mar 2010 Reply
  • YellowAngel

    Butcher the Bar, you are simply: Brilliant Unimaginably marvellous Truly magical Cute Heavenly Elliottish (Smith) Romantic Terrific Hypnotic Esoteric Beautiful Awesome Really amazing (!!!) Joel, luv your mellow voice, melodies that seem to be lullabies sent from heaven & the lyrics. You're a great artist :)))

    5 Feb 2010 Reply
  • obelisko1971

    Liking these mellow and dreamy songs***

    8 Jul 2009 Reply
  • DominiqueTheFox

    Love the artwork of the album, glad to have an original :)

    20 Jun 2009 Reply
  • babegrltwstaway


    11 Jun 2009 Reply
  • elysia05

    just got the vinyl of sleep at your own speed, and it's awesome. thanks to the tv show Chuck for introducing me to this great music.

    26 Apr 2009 Reply
  • eardrums

    Butcher the Bar has a very nice coversong of "Raspberry Beret" (Prince) on the new (and free) Eardrums compilation "A Good Crop". Butcher the bar is on volume 3 of the compilation. Look at the right side of my lastfm profile page for links and info.

    30 Sep 2008 Reply
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