Self-titled EP from Jake Aaron – the complexity and involvement is dramatic(September 29, 2015)
Take a look at Jake Aaron’s website and you’ll find he calls himself “… a British guitarist, singer songwriter” … accurate though that might be, simply calling Aaron a guitarist and songwriter is a little like calling Warhol a painter … it misses the mark by miles. The complexity and involvement engendered by the few songs on his debut EP is dramatic, the lyric-driven images are poetic and powerfully presented by a low-toned, engaging vocal that occasionally moves towards a ‘spoken word’ approach. Add a guitar style that’s both rich and intricate, warmly wrapping itself around the songs and you’re closer to describing this music.
The enigmatic ‘1790’ holds a tender appeal, by contrast ‘Record Player’ makes a hard-as-nails statement that’s difficult to ignore, while the instrumental ‘High Rolling’ allows you time to take in Aaron’s fluid guitar. Although I’m pretty certain that ‘Dalston Kingsland’ is the only song in existence built around a North London Line railway station, it makes its ‘street life’ message clear and true. To round out the EP, Aaron closes with the no-nonsense 'Constitution Blues’.
I enjoyed Aaron’s EP and the unassuming way it lays down its markers of music and lyric. There's certainly a thoughtful songwriter at work here, combining humour and undrstanding with, when needed an acid sharp wit. Put all that together and that begs for an album to follow.
Find album and artist here: www.jakeaaron.com
Review: Tim Carroll