Sandwich Emporium [Release date 10.06.16]
You sense London based acoustic singer/songwriter Jake Morley tolerates the music industry, and all the hype that goes with it, rather than embraces it. His 2011 debut Many Fish To Fry found favour with Radio 2 and 6 Music, and built him a small, but respectable, following. But its failure to ‘take off’ left him filled with self-doubt, and the self-exploratory construction of his follow-up has been both painful and painstaking as songs have been obsessively re-written and refined.
But the results have been well worthwhile. While his debut spilled from his pen and centred on his songs and acoustic guitar playing, The Manual is a properly ‘grown up’ multi-layered piece of work with delicately constructed arrangements. The difference, as marked as that between Paul Simon’s early work and that when he began to explore world music after the split with Garfunkel.
While we’ve not seen the finished product (a book-bound style paper digi-pack with 20-pages of lyrics, credits, and illustrations), Morley has once again worked with producer Calum MacColl (Rokia Traore, Peggy Seeger, Black) to produce an eleven track ‘emotionally honest diary and a joyous survival manual’.
And while his debut was perhaps too quirky for the mainstream market, the new found maturity of The Manual should by rights have broader appeal. Nowhere is that better demonstrated than by the two lead tracks the haunting ‘Ghosts’, ‘Falter’ with its shimmering guitar lines, and world influenced ‘Watch Yourself’ which together form a glorious centrepiece to the album.
Well worth a listen. ****
Review by Pete Whalley
The latest Facebook Live session from Canadian singer-songwriter Josh Taerk Sunday 21 March 16:00 EST, 21:00 GMT
David Randall presents a weekly show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, Sundays at 22:00 BST (GMT+1, repeated on Mondays and Fridays), when he invites listeners to ‘Assume The Position’. This show was first broadcast on 14 March 2021 and includes the Top 10 albums at www.getreadytorock.com for that week.
UK Blues Broadcaster of the Year (2020) Pete Feenstra presents his weekly Rock & Blues Show on Tuesday at 19:00 ( BST, GMT+1) as part of a five hour blues rock marathon “Tuesday is Bluesday at GRTR!”. The show is repeated on Wednesdays at 22:00, Fridays at 20:00). This show was first broadcast 23 March 2021.
Listen in to Get Ready to ROCK! Radio…
Click the appropriate icons at the top of the page.
Featured Albums w/c 5 April 2021 (Mon-Fri)
09:00-12:00 GARY HUGHES Decades (Frontiers)
12:00-13:00 METALITE A Virtual World (AFM Records)
14:00-16:00 KAT DANSER One Eye Open (indie)
Power Plays w/c 5 April 2021 (Mon-Fri)
ALTZI Point Of No Return (RA Music)
DIRTY LACES Breathe (Golden Robot Records)
ASHEN MOON Ashen Moon (Golden Robot Records)
ANDREWW Shadow Love (indie)
JORDAN RED Freak Show (indie)
HAYES & Y Empty Orchestra (indie)
KELSEY BOVEY Another World (indie)
NEPTUNE RAIN We Breathe The Same (indie)
Tweets by Get Ready to ROCK!