Here at the Send Me Your Ears studio today, we’ve been listening to the latest single from Hove (UK) artist, Nick Endacott-Gibb. Better Days was released on November 12 (2022) and is a gentle and calming folk-pop song.

Beginning with some beautiful fingerpicked acoustic guitar, Better Days adds instrumentation to the introduction that gives it a slightly Eastern feel. Almost ghostly female harmonies join the track and effortlessly sing out some “oohs” and “aahs” before Nick’s lead vocals join the song.

As the song progresses, extra instrumentation joins in – a piano, strings and some lovely double bass work.

The female vocal develops to become a backing vocal to Nick’s voice and the harmonies are gloriously tight and together. The female harmony complements Nick’s voice beautifully and adds a wonderful extra dimension to the track. There are moments here where we were reminded of Clannad or, in the female-only sections – Enya.

Better Days has a lovely breakdown section of just male vocals and guitars, before slowly adding instrumentation back in and developing into the chorus again.

This feels like a song that would be a perfect fit to be pitched for music licensing for use in a TV show or movie. It is a song, a daydream perhaps, of what it could be like to know your birth father, having grown up adopted.

From a production perspective to our ears, we felt that the double bass could use a small dip around 80Hz to reduce a slight peak in that area. The acoustic guitar sounds like it might be resonating on the F# so a careful surgical EQ cut at 185Hz would help balance it out. A small cut at around 240Hz in the vocal track would reduce the occasional muddy tone and again at 550Hz for the occasional ’honky’ tone. A wide boost across the high mids and highs centred around 7-8kHz would add some extra brightness to the overall track.

A gentle and warm folk-pop track that we firmly believe will be extremely popular on the British folk scene and will win Nick Endacott-Gibb many new fans.