“energized krautrock” Stereogum – “ambition that can’t be tamed” DIY – ““soulful, poetic” HERO Mag
“When I was a teenager I was put on a lot of medication. Things briefly got better and then quickly much worse…” starts JW Ridley, reflecting on the themes and expression behind new singleGlass Eyes, his debut release on Handsome Dad Records (Jerkcurb, Aldous RH and A House In The Trees).
Reconciling on the place in which this put him, he continues: “I found myself living in a very private world completely disconnected. ‘Glass eyes’ is made up of words I had written years ago when it all started, and some I wrote more recently having finally been able come off it. It’s a song of two perspectives, a conversation/friction between two very different places.”
The track is accompanied by a self-directed, dusky, Lynchian visual which channels suburban outsider-ness. It expresses a perpetual state of feeling that something is about to happen, which is both welcomed and feared, as a slow, silent panic.
“Growing up in a very suburban place it kind of felt like you’re waiting for your life to begin, you’re looking at the world from the outside, you live in a private fantasy world, I wanted the video to touch on that”.
Residing in South London, JW (AKA Jack) has slowly built up a canon of emotive and immersive songs. These have caught the attention of Huw Stephens, Zane Lowe, Lauren Laverne andSteve Lamacq on the airwaves, as well as tastemaker tomes Stereogum, DIY, The Line of Best Fit and more.
Having established his esoteric sonic foundations and voice for subtle self-examination with these early self-recorded releases, teaming up with Handsome Dad Records as well as a step up in focus provides a fresh sense of purpose for his sophisticated, uncluttered song-writing.
Glass Eyes was produced by JW Ridley & Ali Chant (Perfume Genius, PJ Harvey,Portishead) and is out via Handsome Dad Records on 21st February.
21st February – Sebright Arms, London w/ Lala Lala