London based singer/songwriter, Jack R Davies, deep dives into acoustic soundscapes and imagination in debut album, Evenstar.
There is nothing more magnetic and igniting than music that pulls you out of the darkness. It shimmers like phosphorescence and beams as a source of energy and hope – Jack R Davies‘ album, Evenstar, does exactly that.
The Sydney artist, currently residing in London has used music as a celebration of the dark times. The 12-track album oozes with rawness and honesty, the realities of living abroad in all its loneliness, heartbreak and glory.
Davies is no stranger to change, moving to Sydney from Hong Kong at a young age, studying commerce and law before working in a bank and calling London home in 2019. But through this swirl of adventure beams Evenstar, a calming light of soft vocals and acoustic tunes that ground you in its sincerity.
The starter track, Sunsets, is a harmonic flicker of reflection – you immediately become immersed in Davies’ soundscape of an artist that means what he says as the lyric; “we’re both here in light of the darkness” linger like the pastel clouds of a sun setting.
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The album streams as a steady-flowing river of intertwining tunes, all recorded at a family holiday house in Abersoch, Wales. From Tightrope to You’re the Fit, it is clear that Evenstar is the kind of album that must be consumed a whole – the songs are etched deep within each other, similar to Adrianne Lenker’s, songs, collection.
When reflecting on the making of the album, Davies recalls: “I strived to embrace gratitude and remake myself, so as to move forward with a kinder heart. I now sit in a much better position to where I was at the worst of times, and I think back to the role of music and how it helped me survive. At times these songs were all I had, and so I named my album ‘Evenstar'”.
The rawness of Davies and his experiences makes Evenstar a universally hard-hitting album – one that I recommend be consumed with eyes closed, in the sun.
Lucky for us Sydney-siders, Davies is set to return home towards the end of the year and bless our hungry stages with a live performance.
For now, stream Evenstar below: