The EP features two new full studio tracks and a pair of live recordings. House of Cards gets things off to a swaggering, loose-hipped start with a confident rhythm section underlining Jack’s fine guitar-picking and vocal skills. Stay Brave is a little mellower, allowing Rowberry’s fancy fretwork to really shine, as well as Natalia Piersa’s evocative backing vocals.
Live favourite Hide Away is a thing of gentle beauty, the guitar ebbing and flowing like lapping ocean tides, with vocal harmonies which entice you in. Ticking Away sees things stripped back to Jack and his acoustic, and is a perfectly smooth example of his vocal and guitar abilities.
Though these tracks conjure up images of lazy summer days slipping into mellow nights, they’re definite all-rounders which can be appreciated and enjoyed no matter what the season. And with songs and talent as appealing as those on display here, it won’t be long until Jack Rowberry – like the ladybird – spreads his wings and flies.
You can download Ladybird on iTunes here.