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With the release of Charlie Cunningham's four track EP Outside Things, one can appreciate the warm timbres and flamenco flair that has already won over the likes of Zane Lowe and Radiohead's Colin Greenwood.

Having spent two years in the sun-drenched capital of Seville perfecting his fingerpicking and divisive guitar percussion, Oxford's own 'Gypsy King(s)' has developed a sound that carries the sultriness of a Spanish summer underpinned by an English reserve.

The title track, which tells the story of a new born baby longing for the security of its mother, introduces this juxtaposition with volleys of rumba guitar play and tender lyrics: "I'm a get back inside; can rely; on my mother; this is all yours not mine; I'm fine; not bothered." Although the combination works incredibly well sonically, I implore you to watch the video for 'Outside Things' to see for yourself the skill of his acoustic minimalism. There is something undeniably charming about Cunningham jamming on a non-descript garden wall, with a brew by his side.

Longing and tenderness are themes that carry right through the EP and non-more so than on 'Plans', where every guitar stroke resonates so expansively it feels as if the song was recorded in an abandoned aeroplane hangar. The introspective opening lyrics, "Next time I'll listen more, I won't even talk and I'll hear all the thoughts you've got," are held together with intricate fret work that flourishes in the final third of the track.

The final two songs 'In One Out' and 'Lights Off' have a more traditional English folk/acoustic structure akin to the Ben Howards of this world, and as Cunningham tours with King Creosote and Mighty Oaks over the coming months, there is strong contention that these will become firm crowd favourites.

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