Think of Our Man In The Field – AKA Alexander Ellis – as an independent correspondent, with his works dispatched from his travels. So classically crafted are Ellis’ songs that you could be forgiven for thinking you’ve heard Our Man In The Field somewhere before. He and his brilliant band of pedal steel, guitar, banjo, upright bass and drums (with fine harmony backing vocals) take inspiration from the alt-Americana and Caledonian soul stylings of Van Morrison, Neil Young, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Wilco. His own sound is indefinable yet familiar- it’s introspective, intimate and deeply soulful style stands comfortably alongside modern-day artists Ray LaMontagne, Damien Rice, Foy Vance and Joe Purdy.
‘Thin’ has a traditional sound but it also feels fresh and up to date. The soft vocals from Alexander really makes this track sound so special, the vocals also grab your full attention and will awaken every hair on the back of your neck. The Acoustic guitar strum becomes the beat to the track and it gives this track the acoustic sorrow with a slight Nashville sound to it.
‘Thin’ is a little over 4 minutes of beautiful vocals and a simple yet catchy acoustic sound, the combination of guitar with Alexander’s vocals is just magical. It starts simply but builds into such a magical and beautiful sounding track. The combination of vocals, strings and drums is spot on and really gives this incredible track a unique sound that you will instantly fall in love with. I can imagine this song sounding great live especially in a small venue it would just be magical to hear.
If you want a song to unwind to after a busy day or after a nightshift with a baby which I’ve just done then ‘Thin’ is definitely the one.
Great job Alexander!
By Ollie Cooper