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JAKL review – one to watch for 2016

December 22, 2015

Music | by Harry Seymour

Candid Magazine went to check out hotly tipped musician JAKL in London to see their show, and catch up with the man himself, Hughie Gavin to speak to him about the concert.

London based artist JAKL has announced the upcoming release of his debut single ‘The Jackal’. The track offers the perfect insight into the talented musician’s sound, whose dark, piano-led songs tackle love and loss with swirling oceans of reverb, rousing choruses and abstract hints of world and electronic music

JAKL’s emotionally raw and uplifting music has already landed him a series of impressive gigs, with an appearance at this year’s Glastonbury Festival (only his third show) and a sold-out headline Communion show at The Waiting Room in September adding to the growing live support. The Londoner has also secured extensive national radio airplay from a Huw Stephens session to Jo Good (XFM), BBC Introducing and BBC 6 Music.

JAKL live at St Pancras Old Church.
JAKL live at St Pancras Old Church.

With of upcoming Sofar Sounds and Mahogany sessions in the next few months, interest in the artist is sure to intensify.

Hughie Gavin of JAKL
Hughie Gavin of JAKL

The show at St Pancras Old Church started with Hugh Gavin doing a new song written barely days before the gig, called “Winter”, before being joined by the full band and launching straight in to their hit “The Jackal”. “I stripped the songs back to play solo a couple of times throughout the set – made the moments where the we build things song really huge and the church gave it a really wintery and Christmassy feel” Hughie Gavin told Candid Magazine. “It’s a good way to finish an exciting year”, he said – and we couldn’t agree more.

By Victor Mellors