`Feeler of Pure Joy` is a collection of fractured folk songs that demands to be listened to in a quiet environment and given your full attention when doing so. Ryan Driver is at times eerily reminiscent of Nick Drake, but doesn’t share quite the same stark grace that made Drake such a transfixing presence on record. Driver instead has smudges of jazz and rock at the hinterland of his songs which is never less than interesting, but too often not much more than that either.
His stripped back style is a bold move for any performer, as it tends to brutally show up anything short of perfection, and, with this in mind, it is to Driver’s credit that `Feeler…` is a very solid piece of work which comes close to greatness on occasion, particularly the album`s stand-out tracks: opener `You Are Beside Me` and `Oh The World Between Us`. Outside of those, fans of very introspective singer-songwriters may find much to admire, but `Feeler of Pure Joy` lacks the final something to pierce the imagination of those with only a passing interest in the genre.