James Brooks, the lone man wielding the guitar behind Land Observations, has an inspiring history behind him. He was previously a member of the progressive-minimalist band Appliance (who were signed to Mute records and dished out three records, an EP and even a variety of Peel sessions) and is a prolific visual artist, having exhibited work in London, Germany and Norway amongst others.

Fastforward to now and Brooks’ debut EP Roman Roads – a 7”-only release on Enraptured Records – is a beautiful collaboration between his musical past and his artistic output. There are only three tracks on Roman Roads - each only between two and four minutes in length - but the collective result of each of them creates something far more charming and intricate than digesting each track individually.

'Viae (In C Major)' digs its roots into Brooks’ Appliance past with it’s progressive melody and shapeshifting soundscape. The latin viae simply means roads, and which each strum of the strings Brooks delivers it almost feels like roads are popping up here and there, overlapping and connecting with each other on what began as a blank canvas. It’s a great start and damn catchy tune, too.

What becomes clear from here on out is Brooks’ uncanny ability to be able to visualize how he sees locations, places, roads – and interpret his visualization for others. 'Octavian To Augustus' soundtracks a journey from one road to another, the bleakness of the journey represented by repetitive chords and riffs which are juxtaposed with a delicate, somewhat fragile melody which I can only describe as the sun finally breaking through a fortress of cloud exactly when you need it to. It’s the sheer fact that I’m able to visualize these images in my mind that makes Land Observations so brilliant, let alone the fact it’s just one man and a guitar.

The EP closes with its shortest burst so far, yet that’s to be expected from the title. 'Fosse Way (Fragment)' has less hostility than 'Octavian To Augustus' and sounds like a window into a place that holds far more intimate significance than any other tracks before it. It’s a teaser – this is the beginning of a ballad that could explode into life at any moment, yet just trickles away into the distance at its most pivotal moment.

At the end of the record the title of the project itself becomes so abundantly clear that you can’t help but start it again and explore it some more. Land Observations is exactly that: the observations, thoughts, feelings and emotions of places of just one person, beautifully evoked through the use of just a guitar. It’s certainly a refreshing project idea, and it’s most definitely on track for success if Roman Roads is any indication of what’s to come.