Ok we don’t want to get you too excited but we may have found the newest artist to chill out to Bon Iver style..
JJ Draper’s newest EP, ‘The Theft & The Flight’, which is set to be released on 3rd July, has all the tenderness and artistry of Sufjan Stevens, Nick Mulvey and Bon Iverwhile also capturing its own voice and tone. Acoustic guitar-led with soft falsetto vocals, incorporating subtle, dappled sampling, electronics and piano, the new work is an exploration of JJ’s rich and intense, emotional soundscapes.
Juxtaposing gentle music with the unflinching chronicling of real-life events, JJ’s approach to songwriting has already seen him gain high praise from the likes of The Line Of Best Fit, Riot Mag and DIY for his previous EP ‘Silhouettes’. Interested in honestly reflecting his perspective in any scenario, he talks of surreal experiences or confused detachment with the same gravity as moments of sober reality.
Drawing inspiration from great songwriters and innovators such as Big Thief, Radiohead and Wilco (as well as both Bon Iver and Sufjan Stevenspreviously mentioned), JJ’s ambitious new work is soon to be released with arrangements already made to be performed in front of audiences in a powerful and compelling live show. Expect moments of vulnerability punctuated with defiance and raw emotion as JJ weaves songs of real beauty and influences collide. Searingly honest lyrics hit home with JJ’s voice ably switching between registers, rinsing every drop of emotion from the material.
Whilst we wait for the latest songs to listen to on repeat in the sun this summer, give JJ a follow on social below and get to know his music from his previous EP on spotify.