Do you know that feeling of being restless caused by a sense of dissatisfaction? When nothing on the musical horizon can particularly catch your attention while the mind is craving for new fresh stuff?
Well, I felt like that for far too long, until I stumbled upon Jamie Isaac.
In the last couple of years we have seen so many talented South London based artists overtaking the music scene that it is difficult to list them all: King Krule, Moko, Jerkcurb, Bradley Zero, Haraket, Psylus and Childhood are just a few names.
However, it was Jamie Isaac who mesmerised me the most: a talented bedroom producer, who since a young age, found his escape in making music. The nineteen-year-old is from Croydon, south of the river, and went to BRIT school along with Archy Marshall (aka King Krule). The pair have since remained good friends and collaborated with each other.
Despite Jamie’s background in classical music, he found his inspiration in jazz artists such as Chet Baker, Bill Evans and Dave Brubeck. In fact, Jamie’s sound recalls the dreamy elements of jazz music from the fifties, even though it is mixed with very strong electronic-ambient components.
Nothing is left to chance in Jamie’s music. Every sound is carefully weighted. Tracks build up a melancholic soundscape that can lead to the deepest questionings about the meaning of life, making your thoughts swing along with Jamie’s dark and nocturnal sounds.
‘Softly Draining Seas’ is the most powerful piece on his first EP, I Will be Cold Soon, with simple and straightforward piano chords leading the chilled electronic component of the track. ‘Hollow Words’ is real music for the soul, building up all the layers in a clean and minimalistic way.
This track is all you need when laying in your bed want to pass from being conscious to a half-dream state.
Jamie Isaac is currently working on the music video for the first single of his second EP, which will be out at the end of December 2013.
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