It really doesn’t seem all that long ago since the young Canterbury singer songwriter Luke Jackson emerged on the British acoustic music scene with his debut album More Than Boys, yet almost ten years have flown by, during which Luke has honed his craft to a standard that some of his peers might envy. Since that initial Martyn Joseph produced debut, Luke has released a further four albums, one of which is a live album and the most recent, Journals, an award winning album. For this EP, Luke returns with a generous seven songs, which in itself could almost be considered an album and certainly a mini-album and is packed with no filler originals, each delivered in his highly distinctive voice and crisp guitar accompaniment. “I Am Not Okay With This” is one of those songs with a title that appears to say it all, as the writer deals with how ‘nature changed her script’, but adds an optimistic tone with the notion that ‘maybe we could learn from this’, which is perhaps our only real saviour. Perhaps the highlight of this EP is “Retrain”, which reflects on the present government’s suggestion that musicians who have laboured over their art should just look for something else to do, referencing Bob Dylan’s anthemic “Blowing in the Wind” to drive the point home. I’m having difficulty thinking how different my world would’ve been had Mr Zimmerman been given similar advice back in 1962. Luke addresses serious issues with the grace of a poet and the tenderness of a dreamer, nowhere more evident than in the beautiful “Blinding”, which closes this rather exceptional EP.
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