Jake Howden has made a name for himself quite quickly. Reaching #6 on the UK Viral Top 50 playlist on Spotify is no easy task. The Australian artist creates a world with “Staples” that can be relevant to almost anyone. Sucking you in with soft vocals on a calm backdrop, “Staples” may just be your go to song for tough times in need of something more.
“I want to be able to guide people on a journey this year when they see me play and hear the new music I have been working on. I want them to double take when they first hear it because they don’t know what the fuck has just happened.” – Jake Howden
“Cough Syrup” by The Jakes
Hello all, this is my first post on the wonderful Sunset in the Rearview. My name is Nick McCarthy, and most of my life revolves around music. I am a DJ (@djdprep) and music producer, and have DJed shows with Chip the Ripper, DJ E-V, and Felix Cartal, among others. As a film producer, I am excited to bring some cool videos to Sunset in the Rearview. I have done work with Chiddy Bang, Slightly Stoopid, Switchfoot, The Verve Pipe, Benni Benassi, and Sam Adams. Tonight, I will be filming Sam at Chicago’s House of Blues, so expect that video to be dropping in the near future on Sunset. In the next month, I will be doing work with Mac Miller, Edward Sharpe, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals.
I could not be happier to have my first post be The Jakes’s “Cough Syrup.” From the second those beautiful notes drop on the guitar, you get sucked into this song. The first time I listened to it, I knew it would be a great song after only hearing the first couple of seconds. Something about the first 14 seconds, the part that is only guitar, sounds simply, effortlessly beautiful. And perhaps that is a microcosm of the song’s entirety-an effortless, harmonious ballad that attracts the listener from the very start and holds that attention throughout the song.
“Cough Syrup” brings about memories of fun, carefree times. Perhaps that’s an obvious thing to say about a song whose opening lyrics are “Life’s too short to even care at all,” but this song brings about images of easy going summer days, blue skies, and maybe even a Sunset in the Rearview on a long road trip. When the harder rock comes in, Sameer Gadhia’s voice is right on point, and he is complimented tremendously by a really solid rock riff. The driving guitar and the strong rhythm of the drums dictate the many changes of this song, and create a really fluid, melodic, beautiful song.
Having recently changed their name to Young the Giant, we can be sure to expect more from this talented group of guys. Look out for them in the future!
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