I took a look at the cover art of this 2nd album (& Ripple debut) by JAKETHEHAWK and it gave me a good vibe. To begin with, there’s gonna be an automatic good vibe when something’s on Ripple. That’s just the way Todd & The Pope are. They put out good shit. But the cover art here reminds me of a place near where I’ve walked in the woods. A quiet pensive place. Plus the whole thing just has that generally rural, woodland feel of most of the places I like to take my hikes. See, there’s those interests starting to Venn diagram it up. Hiking, album art. But what about the music. If it blows, it’s gonna splat all over the fine theory of mine that’s brewing here.
News Flash! It doesn’t blow. Not even close. While JAKETHEHAWK’s first album, “To Build A Fire,” was good, this one jacks it up to the nth degree. In fact, “Hinterlands” does some magic stuff by taking those pastoral jacket photos and setting them to music in what feels like 3D. Six songs of around six minute length flow into each to create what actually feels like a composite piece of music. Numbers like “Ochre & Umber” and “Uncanny Valley” become tumbling, panoramic sections of the same trail that courses through a dynamic wilderness.
JAKETHEHAWK is one of those bands where no member steals the spotlight. They all merge together here and lend this music a depth that gathers in a whole lot of things I like. Now where did I leave those gummies?!
John Huxley - vocals, guitars, electric piano
Jordan Lober - drums
Justin Lober - bass, vocals
With Josh Emery - guitars & windchimes on “June”