Emerging to the raucous cries of the full-to-capacity crowd, the young singer-songwriter seemed endearingly abashed by the reaction he provoked. Opening with ‘I Couldn’t Want You Anyway’ the clever use of pauses between tender vocal lines made the crowd fall silent and still. Even with so many bodies crammed together in such a small space you could have genuinely heard a pin drop. Carefully constructing layer upon layer of sound, Jacks melodic and surprisingly high-pitched vocals were the only sound to cut through as he took a drum stick to the sample pads surrounding him and the beat swelled.
The aspect that struck me most about Jack’s live performance is how his various influences creep into his music, seemingly innately, as if inspiration strikes him mid-motif: from the bluesy guitar riffs to the jazzy chord extensions and soulful yet beautifully raw vocals. His live music, although instantly recognisable, often incorporates these elements so much so that the song continuously evolves into a truly unique rendition, thus making the performance all the more captivating to watch.
Watch a snippet of The Love You’re Given (live at Cargo) here: