August 13, 2009

Just Jack performing at Somerville Adventure Playground for Orange RockCorps volunteers, 09/08/09

Just Jack performing at Somerville Adventure Playground for Orange RockCorps volunteers, 09/08/09

 

Not every job gives you the opportunity to catch artists like Just Jack performing pro bono stripped down sets in children’s playgrounds for 300 volunteers… and I thought catching live FlyTV sets was unique..!

On Sunday the 9th of August Just Jack performed The Day I Died, his latest single, due for release on the 17th of August ’09, at an Orange RockCorps project at Somerville Adventure Playground in Peckham. The Day I Died is the perfect accompaniment to a chilled Summer afternoon, meandering through a depiction of suburban, 9 to 5, white-collar mediocrity. Delicate synthesized string sounds, finger-plucked steel-string chord progressions, booming bass notes, a 2/4 drum loop heavy on the kick, and a fragile flute melody form the charmingly sparse arrangement over which Jack‘s vocals negotiate lyrics of Nash-esque, quirky mundanity with a signature, cheeky North London swagger. With an epic, chant-along chorus, impressive close harmonies, and Jack‘s ever-endearing, down-to-earth, everyman charm still evident, despite the huge success of Starz In Their Eyes in 2007 and Embers early this year, this could be one of the big, Summer chill-out anthems!

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