Newcastle-based Jake Houlsby is a singer-songwriter who has been writing and recording his own music for the last seven years, his sound heavily orientated around folk.
He released his debut EP ‘Yannina’ in the summer of 2015 and is now set to release a new EP titled Vondelpark, which should be out this Spring via Tipping Point Records.
Howl is the first single from this upcoming EP and everything about this song screams calm..if calm could ever erupt in a scream that is! From the gentle beat mapped out by the rim-tap of a snare, to the hushed humming of layered backing vocals, the graceful melody of an acoustic guitar to the crescendoing patter of a ride cymbal, this song is built upon rich textures and, combined with Jake Houlsby’s tender vocals, it really gets into your head.
Jake Houlsby had this to say about the track: “Ever since I was a child, I’ve had a natural tendency to get carried away and take things too far. Sometimes I feel like I have two separate people inside of me because I go from extreme to extreme very quickly and easily. I wrote this song to myself, just as a way of trying to guide myself into the middle, sustainable ground.”
If you are not already familiar with Jake’s other work, check more out on his Soundcloud page here.
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