Introverted, doleful bed-sit balladeer he ain't. Singer-songwriter Simon Falconer creates a positive vibe and energy even when singing about loss or loneliness. "The Mississippi Delta was shining like a National guitar," sang Paul Simon in a lyric that shimmered with poetic beauty. Falconer says Simon is one of his biggest influences and his first record, the five track EP Fireflies, glows with equally memorable lyric images. The opening track, Days of Rain, conjures up "streets they're alive with colours like butterflies". Not bad eh? He grew up in south Wales in a family that was always listening to great songwriters like Lennon and McCartney and Elton John. As a teenager he was hooked on the melody lines and lyrics of The Beatles, U2 and Bob Dylan and later John Martyn, Ryan Adams, Paul Simon and Bruce Springsteen But it was on a trip in Seattle where the family paid musical homage by visiting the houses where Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain lived that Falconer realised his "unhealthy obsession with music" needed an outlet in writing and performing. School days he admits were spent avoiding lessons, hiding away in the music room "just writing little riffs and melodies and jamming with friends on both guitar and piano and listening to new artists all the time". Not really studying at University made him realise music was his first love in spite of the usual Greek chorus of doom-mongers saying it won't pay the mortgage. "I've always admired people who do what they think is right for them and not for other people," he says. After uni he set out troubadour style with guitar and rucksack playing solo in pubs and clubs all over South Wales. Bands, came, and finally went for good as he realised that all he really wanted to do was cut out the complications and get out playing his own songs. After six months of the customary paying the musical dues he finally gathered the confidence to go into the recording studio with a gang of mates as his sessions men. The result was the accomplished piece of work that is Fireflies. The five songs simple works with catchy melodies and honest, optimistic lyrics sound like the work of a mature performer. They belie Falconers youth, he is only 26, perhaps due in part to the creative input of renowned producer and engineer Adam Fuest (Babyshambles, The Cure) and his inspiring studio setting in the wilderness of the Brecon Beacons in South Wales. Falconer tries to explain where the songs and melodies on Fireflies come from. "They are all about the vision of night time and festivals, carnivals, being around loads of people, if that makes any sense at all, with songs about past experiences, random ideas which just spring to mind when you least expect them and inspiring songs and melodies from my favourite artists".