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Single Review: Jack Ellis
July 18, 2016
It isn’t only football that Wales have to be proud of at the moment because harking from the most Southern point of South Wales and hitting the music industry with a bang is multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter, Jack Ellis. He captures hearts and minds with melodies and lyrics and has a new LP to treat our ears; released on 1st July – The Storm.
Featuring instantly recognisable undertones, Jack has taken inspiration from musical greats that seep through into the guitar lines, united with fresh modern folk/indie vibes, it’s a recipe for musical brilliance for this young and talented artist, and we at Candid are excited to have been wrapping our ears around his melodic offerings.
Having received rave reviews from the likes of Dermot O’Leary on Radio 2 through to featuring on BBC Introducing in Wales and being nominated for Best Breakthrough Act at The Cardiff Music Awards, there is no stopping this unassailable talent.
Whilst his music takes influence from classic rock, its alternative production values and sharp commercial hooks will appeal to fans of Jeff Buckley, Ben Howard, Frank Turner and Catfish and the Bottlemen. Fans of these greats would happily lend their ear to a fresh and unique take on the sound with new stories and delicate, crisp riffs that have become Jack’s signature.
His single The Storm bears the pained voice of experience, regaling us with stories of love and loss, one of Jack’s songwriting priorities – crafting real songs from real stories. There are levels of contrast throughout the self- penned track that take us on an audio roller coaster of twists and turns, ups and downs, building to an emotional crescendo that leaves you with no choice but to join in singing, open a bottle of wine, or simply sit back and enjoy because eventually we are taken gently back down to earth, but more fulfilled.
The good thing is we don’t need to wait much longer for this artist with a look of cheeky charm about him that’s very on point (Jack is also a professional hair stylist) to treat us with more musical prowess, because his EP Eternal, released through District South Records will be available for us later this year.
you can also catch him playing live at Spitalfields Lates with Hoxton Radio on Fri 12th August.
Check out the video for Jack Ellis’ single The Storm here:
Words by Elspeth Pierce