Summer 2017 Playlist

It might not officially be summer yet, but it sure feels like it (at least here in North Carolina)! We’ve put together a playlist of songs dripping with summer vibes, perfect to listen to whether you’re poolside, roadtripping or catching some waves.

Check it out below! 

EP Review: “Secondhand Love” by Jack Hopkinson

Featured Image via Jack Hopkinson

Sometimes in life, the best discoveries are the ones that are stumbled upon by accident. One such discovery for me is the music of Jack Hopkinson. If it hadn’t been for me loving the music of one of his friends, I wouldn’t have discovered him when I did. But thanks to that, I was treated to a very intimate performance (and I do mean very—a handful of people gathered in a barn) and I fell in love with his music.

On Friday, Jack released his new EP, Secondhand Love. On first listen, my mind drifted back to that performance. I remember some of these songs being played there, and the feeling of being captivated by them. Hearing the fully fleshed-out studio versions of these songs mesmerizes me all over again, from the bluesy first notes of “We’ve Still Got Tonight” to the flawless live rendition of “Déjà vu.” Just like the first time I heard his music, I’m entranced by Jack’s lyrics. The vast majority of “popular” music released today is full of nothing but trivial lyrics completely devoid of meaning. Jack’s lyrics are full of emotion and feeling. The music itself is alluring as well, combining elements of folk, blues and acoustic. The combination of the music and lyrics is nothing short of stunning.

Don’t just take my word for it, though. Give Secondhand Love a listen below.

Jack Hopkinson Discusses His New Single, Musical Influences & More!

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We recently had the chance to speak to Jack Hopkinson, a British singer/songwriter, about his upcoming single, musical influences & more! Check out the interview below.

Adore: Where do you find the inspiration for your songs?

Jack: My relationships mainly, although some are self reflective (“Begin Again”). It varies from song to song.

A: Who are your main musical influences?

J: 1000% John Mayer. I take influences from other acts too like Foy Vance, The Brothers Landreth, Ryan Adams, James Bay, James Taylor. More into the folk americana genre.

A: If you could only listen to one album for the rest of your life, what would it be?

J: Let It Lie – The Brothers Landreth. There is not a bad song on that album or Joy of Nothing by Foy Vance.

A: If you could tour with anyone, who would it be?

J: I’d love to support Foy Vance, I could just sit and listen to him talk. Or maybe someone like Lady Antebellum. I just want to sing to as many people as possible. Get my name and songs heard.

A: What’s your favorite song to perform live?

J: Right this minute, it’s a song off the new EP called “Every Now and Then.”

A: If you had a TARDIS, when and where would you want to visit?

J: I’d love to see the future (hoverboards and flying cars) but then again, Post-Victorian England (in between the two world wars) would be pretty sweet to experience for a day or two.

A: Having a successful music career can be a very difficult thing to achieve. What keeps you motivated to continue pursuing music?

J: The people who already support me are my focus to keep going. I love to get out there and sing, I feel it’s in my DNA so I just want to do it, but it’s mainly for the people who follow me and will follow me. (fingers crossed)

A: You’re releasing your new single, “Déjà Vu,” on Friday. What can listeners expect from it? 

J: “Déjà Vu” was written 5 years ago when I was at University, so a lot of people have already heard it to death but this is a brand new slant on it so what to expect from this version is many, many harmonies, a full band arrangement, a taste of lead guitar parts and Pedal Steel along with my acoustic guitar and my voice (obviously…haha).

Jack’s new single, “Déjà Vu,” will be released this Friday, March 3rd. I’ve been lucky to hear the single ahead of its release, and it is everything Jack said and more. Be sure to check it out!

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Image by Oak Sessions

 

Song of the Week: Shrapnel

Featured Image via Jack Hopkinson

I rarely find myself listening to folk music, so when I say I folk song is good, you can believe it’s a pretty good song. “Shrapnel” by Jack Hopkinson has that special something that makes it a memorable tune. 

Jack’s smooth vocals are complimented perfectly by twangy guitar riffs and a catchy snare beat. The incredibly relatable lyrics are just the icing on the cake. 

Check out the video for “Shrapnel” below.