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Jul012014

Jake Isaac - War Child EP

Jake Isaac is one of those rare talents whose voice is not only soulful and refined, but also arrestingly honest. Once you’ve had the pleasure of meeting the unassuming singer-songwriter from South London, however, this sense of openness ceases to be a surprise, because Isaac is as humble as he is talented.

I was lucky enough to first meet Jake and watch him perform live at his album launch just 2 weeks ago and I was immediately struck not only by how at ease he seemed on stage, but also how much he clearly relished being there. Effortlessly switching between soulful piano ballads and his more rock influenced new material it was obvious that while live performance may often represent a somewhat daunting task for fledgling artists, Isaac has never been one to be held back by such fears. His refreshingly down to earth attitude combined with an unmistakeable on-stage swagger proved to be a winning combination for the audience at London's Sea Bright Arms and Isaac quickly won over the sold-out crowd with his heart-felt lyrics, flawless guitar playing and soulful vocals in a performance only augmented further by the addition of a live band.

On Saturday Isaac’s brand new War Child EP officially went on sale. Peaking at #12 in the iTunes singer-songwriter charts on it’s first day, the EP’s release coincided with another landmark for Jake; his debut at this year’s Glastonbury festival, where on Saturday he shared a stage with the likes of Jake Bugg, Imagine Dragons and the Pixies. No mean feat for an artist who is still yet to sign to any major record label. The EP itself acts as a showcase of the complete range of Isaac’s song-writing talents. Beginning with the emotive and slow-building duet ‘Never Leave’, on which Josh Record also features, the tone of the EP suddenly shifts as Isaac proves he has more to offer than the obvious angst-ridden love songs that so many songwriters these days seem unable to escape from and launches into the up-beat, obvious lead single of the EP, ‘War Is Our Name’. 'A Day To Live' follows next and keeps the tempo similarly upbeat with a powerful opening crash of drums and hypnotic guitar riff that will have even the most reserved of listeners' nodding along to the beat. For the final track of the EP Isaac strips things back, however, and on 'Hope' I am reminded of the honesty, beauty and soul that attracted me to Isaac's music in the first place. While the EP does contain two bonus tracks; a re-mastered version of the excellent 'Long Road' and a moving acoustic duet with JP Cooper, it is 'Hope' that steals the show.

In short, while Isaac maybe young and unsigned, he lacks nothing in talent or charisma and with comparisons already being drawn between Jake and Michael Kiwanuka, who famously topped the BBC's famous Sound of 2012 poll 2 years ago, off the back of this EP I wouldn't be surprised if Jake did the same in 2015.

 

Buy the brand new War Child EP HERE and while you’re at it buy Jake’s debut Hearts and Parables EP as well. You won’t regret it.

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