"Full band breakdowns and acoustic guitars and drums and vocals that just lift the spirit and the soul – it is a record that should be making huge dents in the public consciousness – it’s just too good to be an underground release. One of the best of the year by far – and I look forward immensely to much more from this man. Fabulous. 10/10 "
4 STAR REVIEW
"His song-writing is great, with some traditional mandolin based instrumentation on Down By The River creating a gloriously summery groove and the catchy hooks of lead single Bring Back The Life will have you singing along in no time. He has proved that he can deliver both fun-loving foot-stompers as well as more thought provoking, reflective pieces"
"Lloyd Yates crafts a distinct and purposeful vocal sound. A voice that defies description, the only way to understand Lloyd Yates’ brilliance is to hear him live. The other distinguishing feature for Lloyd Yates is the brand of heavier driving bass and drum beats that accompany otherwise melodic folk music."
"One of the most individual voices we've heard for a long time, Lloyd Yates is from the Channel Island of Jersey. Bring Back The Life is his debut single and so far seems to be serving as a weighty introduction to this intriguing new artist."
"Lloyd Yates similarly impressed both in his dreadlocked swagger and in his abundant musical talent. Ever the storyteller, Yates spoke to the crowd as if he was an oracle – and the audiences yielded to this immediately – recounting the narratives of each song. If you were expecting an understated folk set then you’d have been happily surprised by Yates’s bold almost rocky anthems, whilst still retaining that folk sentiment."
"Bring Back the Life is a virtually faultless and extremely thoughtful EP. It showcases a quirky and distinctive vocal style entwined with some exquisite guitar work and delicate percussion. It delivers heartfelt lyrics with passion, emotion and meaning. There is poetry on this disc that will certainly get your top-knot tingling. Folk Rock? Maybe. Fucking good music? Definitely"
"Lloyd Yates has a voice like no other, all I can say is you just have to hear him for yourself. His rousing, arresting vocals, bitter sweet tone, and visceral emotional charge to his songs makes him an artist not to be missed and I can’t get enough of his music."
"The honesty of Yates’s delivery is what drew me in. With just a few breaths his world became my world. Just the way I like it. Every once in a while I find an unexpected kinship with an artist or a song and I start to feel like myself again. It’s such a welcome gift. With a subtle, unassuming grace Lloyd’s melodies have infiltrated the silence and wrapped themselves around me like a glorious symphonic hug. And for a bit I fear no danger and am invulnerable."
"Jersey singer songwriter Lloyd Yates’ raw, soulful voice powers through songs like Bring Back The Life "
TOM GIRARD (BBC INTRODUCING)
"For me, the best [performance] of the night."
MUSIC BLOG - FAVOURITE FINDS OF 2013
"The unique voice of Lloyd Yates projects a rare honesty and emotion, drawing inspiration from the unpredictable, occasionally chaotic natural beauty of his ocean home in Jersey."
MUSIC BLOG - INTERVIEW
"Playing since he was 15 and having travelled the world to explore land and life beyond those deep waters surrounding his home, it's safe to say Yates has plenty in the songwriting vault to draw upon."
"With a distinctive gritty vocal style, uplifting hooks, and an atmospheric folk sound, singer-songwriter Lloyd Yates is hotly tipped as one to watch."
"Lloyd Yates has a sincerity and pureness of songwriting which is very rare, and absolutely absorbing."