Following the release of his 2012 debut album, London-based artist Jake Morley spent two years gigging relentlessly up, down and across the UK, establishing a strong grass roots following. Morley's personal songs, captivating live presence and ground-breaking guitar style brought festival slots at The Isle of Wight, Latitude, Secret Garden Party, a sell out headliner at HMV's Next Big Thing Festival, plus enthusiastic support from key Radio 2 and 6Music shows and glowing press reviews.
This wealth of live experience fed into an intense soul-searching writing period at the start of 2014. He finally returned to the studio this summer, unveiling a startling new weight and depth to his music. Bolder and more mature themes like adulthood and intense self-reflection shine through the new songs. Helping carve out this detailed new approach on first single Falter is award-winning producer Calum MacColl.
Falter is a track that doesn't depend on gimmicks, kitsch or any shock factor as it does on its near-perfect construction of a great song. The production is a mixture of Gotye's creativity and Ed Sheeran's mass-appeal. Quirky nods to acoustic pop and an unconventional guitar technique show off his imaginative song-writing and arrangement abilities.
"It's the sound," Morley says, "of everything crashing to a halt." Falter proves that his career threatens to do the reverse, and is an act worth watching. The single will be available for sale and download on 3rd November 2014.
11th November: Darmstadt, Germany (Supporting Yesterday Shop)
12th November: Marta Bar, Berne Switzerland (Headline)
13th November: Safari Bar, Zurich Switzerland (Headline)
16th November: The Globe, Cardiff (Supporting Nizlopi)
17th November: Phoenix Artist Club, London (showcase)
19th November: Joiners, Southampton (Headline)
20th November: Dingwalls, London (Supporting Nizlopi)
21st November: Duchess, York (Supporting Nizlopi)
22nd November: Hemelvaart, Yorkshire (Headline - sold out)
23rd November: Hemelvaart, Yorkshire (Headline)
3rd December: Slaughtered Lamb, London (Communion Presents)
'Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing)' arrives in April.
The two awards have made for a great 72nd birthday present for the country music icon.