Former Busk Idol Champion and self-appointed folk rocker, Jake Holt, has released his debut single ‘Tequila dreams’ after a decade of performing live across the North East.
Whether or not ‘Tequila Dreams’ is the vanguard of a possible album, it’s unclear. But one thing’s for sure – when it comes to the Stockton-based folkster, it’s an overdue release after years of playing venues up and down the region.
After listening to the track, one thing became extremely clear – every layer of sound that was recorded was given a lot of thought. If you tune your ear well enough you can pick out sounds that are staples of good (or at the very least) quintessential folk music: mandolin, acoustic guitar, and minimal rhythmic drums can be heard throughout the entire song and therefore produce a fantastic alternative folk sound.
Holt really has gone into a lot of trouble to achieve the “Jake Holt: Folk Rock” sound that he’s spent so long championing. That being said, I feel that, at times, too much was happening between the instruments and the rhythm was overshadowed and completely drowned out by off the cuff stringed motifs that only served to make the song sound too busy.
‘Tequila Dreams’ is an ambitious and long-overdue release for Holt and I sincerely hope he continues to release new music for people to listen to – but a less complicated track may serve Jake better in the future.
Initially a limited release that saw only fifty copies available to patrons of the Pheonix Alternative Festival, it’s now on music sharing website Soundcloud for everyone’s enjoyment.