But then you come and do this. You go and put together a track that not only throws that ‘you and an instrument’ vibe outta the water, but you include a groove, a beat, and a kinda rap.
And you fucking make it work. I think that’s the worst part.
Actually, worst is a pretty strong word. Maybe ‘best’ is better.
This new jam, ‘Swanson’ is this introspective trip-hop inspired dawdle, that is so much more than a dawdle. It’s a dawdle that still manages to take shape, to actually resemble a song. And a good one at that.
Actually, maybe ‘excellent’ is better.
Goddamit Jack R Reilly. Two songs in, and you’re nailing it with some real heart-on-the-sleeve singer songwriter pop music.
Jack‘s first song, ‘It’s Too Late I’m Awake Already’ opened up the August mixtape, and has since gone on to be a pretty played track, both in my iTunes library and on the airwaves.
The new one ‘Cold Reminders’ sees the ivory replaced by the acoustic. It’s a lot more sing-along and a little less somber sounding than ‘It’s Too Late…’. There’s a warmth to this one, and although it’s still ultimately about jealousy and pain, those real heart-aching ideas are answered with the refrain ‘And the pain is really great for making art‘, almost making everything a little bit worthwhile.
Head along to Jack’s bandcamp and grab yourself a copy of the track. It’s taken off his debut album Middle Everything which’ll hopefully get a release soon.