Jack James – Lights Off, Headphones On
free album (download) self-released 2009
[tags: folk, acoustic, singer-songwriter, FREE]
Listen while reading:
Safe House (from Lights Off, Headphones On)
Burnsy Lang (from Lights Off, Headphones On)
Decisions (from Lights Off, Headphones On)
You may have read about Jack James (hailing from Glasgow/Scotland) few days ago over at the Slowcoustic HQ (and I hope you did so) but as Jack contacted me to give a listen to his music, you will read about his debut album Lights Off, Headphones On here too. And for I’m always glad when young and talented musicians contact me I’m more than happy to follow the request even though I’m not in the mood to repeat the things said at Slowcoustic (because they are all true) wherefore this article is going to be rather short.
Jack James comes armed with acoustic guitar, harmonica and a raw but colorful voice playing singer-songwriter tunes in a good folk manner with lots of melodies and atmosphere. Slighlty influenced by country music (e.g. Visit) he sings through his songs even though not all of the tracks have that country flavor (I Am Ready Now or This Guy). If you are looking for hushed finger picking you may find you in the wrong place because Jack does not hesitate to play his guitar with a little portion of good aggression sometimes, adding a slightly americana moment to the music.
Listening to songs like Decisions or Burnsy Lang gives me a pleasant sensation and I can feel all he power that lies in the folk and singer-songwriter genre and it makes me happy to see new artists growing which promise to release some great material in the future – Jack James is one of them and you shouldn’t miss his noble offer and download his music for free from his bandcamp site. For more information about the artist, check out Jack James’ MySpace page and follow him on twitter.