Jake Whiskin: Striking simplicity in ‘Drive You Home’
Leeds-based singer-songwriter Jake Whiskin highlights the beauty in simplicity with a new single titled ‘Drive You Home’, featuring Glaswegian artist, Lizzie Reid. The track is melancholic yet immensely soothing, leaving you with the urge to just sit back, close your eyes and get lost in the rolling acoustic stylings.
The single, which debuted on August 17th, is a moment of understated beauty, elegant through its intimacy and striking through its sincerity. The songwriting found within is incredibly introspective, sitting gently upon whispering vocals and gently curated melodies. The track is another step towards the anticipated release of Jake’s self-titled debut album, set to drop on November 4th on the Leeds-based indie label Dance To The Radio.
The song explores the breakdown of a relationship, sharing equal amounts of hope and hopelessness all at the same time. The gorgeous blend of Jake Whiskin’s and Lizzie Reid’s voices, creates a stunning moment of vulnerability, as if you have accidentally eavesdropped on the final moments at the end of a relationship. It takes a certain calibre of songwriter to be able to capture your attention with such a minimalistic approach, and Jake Whiskin certainly delivers the goods. The song may depict a rather mournful moment in time, yet always maintains a strong sense of warmth and care, as the chorus concludes: ‘I will drive you out your mind, and then I’ll drive you home’.
Watch the music video for ‘Drive You Home’ by Jake Whiskin, featuring Lizzie Reid
The new single was accompanied by a perfectly awkward indie-style music video, seeing Jake and Lizzie performing the track in what appears to be a rather empty working men’s club, with only one audience member feeling obliged to clap. The video captures the essence of the song beautifully, a fleeting moment in time that you wish could last forever.
The new track is a follow-up to Jake’s previous single ‘Headfirst Dive’, which was released on July 1st and landed on the Amazing Radio playlist, receiving praise for its rich indie-pop nostalgia. The intricate production found in Jake’s music is a result of his long-time collaboration with Lee Smith, known for his work with Easy Life and Holly Humberstone, as each considered melodic moment, carries monumental weight in the final soundscape.
Inspired by the likes of Tom Petty and The Smashing Pumpkins, Jake Whiskin has certainly showcased his wide range as a songwriter with his releases to date. Last year, Jake was featured on ‘The Independent’s Music Box Sessions’, and with the arrival of his latest releases, it is clear that there is an awful lot still to come. I am eagerly awaiting the release of the debut album and cannot wait to see where Jake’s music takes him next.