Newcastle-based Jake Houlsby has come a long way in the seven years that he has been regularly writing and recording his own music, and The LP Blog has been an avid fan ever since it discovered Jake back at the beginning of 2016.
Now signed to Tipping Point Records, the young folk artist is due to release his second EP, Vondelpark, this May and has shared the second track from this. Oklahoma pivots around a nice hefty rhythm with Jake’s smooth vocals a gentle contrast. The song has a warm, welcoming feel whilst the overall sound is vast, big, warm and enveloping, providing the perfect excuse to switch off lose yourself for three and a half happy minutes!
When asked what had inspired Jake to write a song about a state far, far away from his UK homeland, here’s what Jake had to say:
“There’s something about the American South that has always enchanted me. I’d just read Woody Guthrie’s autobiography a few years ago when I remember seeing Oklahoma and getting this weird feeling of discount and nostalgia. I wrote this song shortly after”.
Listen above and check out Jake’s forthcoming tour dates here.