Ernest Aines is a modern folk singer-songwriter from Melbourne. His songs range from lore type storytelling and personal discovery to wistful ramblings. His sound has been compared to musicians such as Ray Lamontagne, Elliott Smith, Bon Iver and Jeff Buckley.
James Moore of Independent Music Promotions described his voice as “amongst the best I have heard” and “deeply affecting” and went on to say that “Rivermouth is the type of song that suspends conversations and turns all heads towards the stage”. Rivermouth has indeed been singled out for several awards.
In 2019 Aines released his debut EP, “Already Found” to a sold-out launch in Melbourne. A review by The Ark of Music described it as “full of soaring melodies, airy vocals, and delightfully thoughtful lyrics” and “…deftly crafted, evocative stories.”
2020’s long lockdowns saw Ernest applying himself in a home studio, emerging with twelve beautiful songs ready to release in 2021, as singles and perhaps a double EP.
Aines has garnered accolades for his songs from various iconic artists: Van Dyke Parks reckoned him a “giant” and folk player Foy Vance was smitten in Vancouver by his poignant song “Seasons”, promptly announcing it “the best song I have heard in months”.
With a few local festivals under his belt and several songwriting awards, Ernest is now set to take on a bigger picture and let his music fly.