The single is the second to be released from Draper’s upcoming EP ‘The Theft & the Flight’ set to be released on the 3rd of July.
JJ Draper’s previous EP, Silhouettes, earned him praise from many – such as Huw Stephens from BBC Radio 1 who described it as simply “Beautiful.”
“The multi-instrumentalist has already established himself as a calm and assured talent. With a voice full of a sorrow and a heart for songwriting…”In Visions” is a swirling haze of intelligent synth work and yearning vocals that sounds almost orchestrated rather than assembled’ – The Line of Best Fit
Now Draper returns with the delicate single ‘.. if you’re awake in the night‘ as a tease from the emotional set of tracks off of his forthcoming EP. He holds a tenderness similar to the likes of Bon Iver, Sufjan Stevens, and Nick Mulvey whilst also maintaining the authentic emotion of his own voice. The new music which is mainly led by a soft acoustic guitar and Draper’s solo falsetto vocals also incorporates sampling, electronics, and a gentle piano, capturing JJ’s unique sound. Also, his use of searingly honest lyrics adds to the raw emotion of his music and draws inspiration from notable names such as Radiohead and Big Thief.
“Returning home in March last year to a police cordon around the car park of my flat, I turned on the news to discover that a young man had been brutally murdered on my doorstep. Not having a real insight into the growing culture of gang violence in London, I wrote ‘…if you’re awake in the night’ to chronicle the surreal experience of those who come inadvertently into contact with a troubling world they don’t understand. I wanted all my new music to be honest and grounded, both lyrically and in the way it was recorded. I spent months experimenting at Natural Habitat Studios working with many great musicians to make something I hope feels homespun, authentic, and vivid.”
JJ speaking on his new single ‘.. if you’re awake in the night’ and his upcoming EP
Draper’s latest single depicts the surreal experience of encountering darkness in the world and encaptures a confused detachment with the same gravity as moments of sober reality. He juxtaposes the harsh realism of real-life with gentle music and soft vocals.
‘The Theft and The Flight’ EP
- That’s What I Call Progress!
- …if you’re awake in the night
- The Theft and the Flight