Debut albums are probably the hardest to throw to the world when it comes to music, exposed and knee deep in self doubt, they have to stand up to a scrutiny that will search for any perceived fault or liability that may or may not exist. Paradoxically, that self doubt can allow a freedom in everything that is created and produced, giving the listener a peep hole view of the artist and their deepest thoughts.
The Jacques have given us a debut of melancholy and fabled pop songs that go beyond any self doubt or lyrical mish mash. Stripped of any production oversights, this album has a sweet yet hard surface that brings together different elements of collected inspiration beautifully. This is why you have to love British music when bands like this freely express, what in essence is a ‘look at me’ moment with such honesty and carefree magic.
Tracks sprinkled with longing, desire and at times indisputable heartbreak, nest brilliantly together and taken as a whole, Four Five Three, wakes up those notions that inspired, intelligent music has not gone. It is still here, simmering away nicely in the minds of those who carry its desires and purpose with that need to share. Share away I say and don’t spare the horses.
Heralding from Bristol and London The Jacques are Finn O’Brien (voice, guitar), Elliot O’Brien (drums), Harry Thomas (keyboards) and James Lay (bass), although it hasn’t always been this way. Past members include Jake and Oliver Edwards, Clint Trembath and Gabriel Ciechan.
THE FOUR FIVE THREE TRACK LISTING
Kiss The Pharaoh
Do Me For A Fool
The Ugliest Look
Count On Me Pt.1
Tiny Fuzzy Parasite
Cradle My Heart
Count On Me Pt.2
Taste The Mexican Sun
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Review by Lloyd Wakeling