It would seem instrumental artists are making a resurgence with the likes of Boards Of Canada, Public Service Broadcasting and Baltic Fleet, so now add Lo Five. The band is in fact just Neil Grant who has recently released his debut album ‘Self Release‘ via bandcamp. Now you can pay anything you wish for it, and I do urge pay something, as this is his only revenue for his work. Piano based up-tempo music abound can be found within, with some lovely textures to keep it relevant and vibrant. The lead track is ‘Lo Ten‘ is a pathfinder really to what Neil can produce, something you could find on those chill-out albums, he’s just easing you in so to speak. The stand out tracks for me are ‘Ridin On Air‘, it does float around you with a great woodwind feel backing sound. With ‘I Miss This Place‘ he manages to give the impression it could fill an arena’s space with its full-bodied upbeat sound. The programmed drum beat for ‘Loose Change‘ makes this track essential listening, relentless and delicately layered on top are his keyboard pieces. There’s even a ballad ‘I’m So Sorry‘, which works well within the context of the set too. Oddly the last track ‘Princess Betty‘ sounds more like a band playing, with real instruments, for some reason I was thinking this could be a Tarantino film theme. I’ve only just scratched the surface of Neil’s talents so go have a listen and hopefully you’ll make a purchase and let’s hope a label will cotton on too. He’s too talented to be hidden away in Liverpool. 9/10 an album to be played anytime, anywhere and in any situation it is that sophisticated.