Many hands make light work. Two heads are better than one. You don’t have a dog and bark yourself. These pearls of wisdom have been passed down from generation to generation, ensuring no one is left to struggle solo. Ed Geater’s heard them all before. They told him it couldn’t be done. They tried to take away his toys and cut his hair. He wouldn’t listen. And now, two EPs in, he’s laughing all the way to the food bank.
Unseen takes its inspiration from the usual singer-songwriter fare – troubadour trips into love, is sutured and smitten by the stitches of sexual abandon, and then is callously cast off like a well-healed scab. However, Geater isn’t going to portray his wounds in soppy solo style. Far from it.
Standout track, and thrilling finale, ‘A Message’ has a glacial urgency that threatens to dissolve into dour emotions, before being quickly solidified by a shuddering guitar motif. Elsewhere, he pulls off the notable coup of being one of the few living males who can authoritatively articulate beat boxing in the trippy, lovesick ‘Symmetry’, which sails close to his fellow Ed (a certain Mr Sheeran) without ever sounding trite.
Recorded, produced and played by just Geater and his heavy heart, this exercise in catharsis has created a formidable body of work that takes the traditional format and leaves it to wilt in the sun. On the evidence of Unseen, Geater should stay away from all human contact until his contract runs out.