Someday Jacob – It Might Take A While
On their second album, Bremen-based band Someday Jacob combine the golden longing of California in the 70s with the quiet romance of North Germany. The album was done with recording legends Vance Powell and Richard Dodd.
Let the others do the running: This is not about being the fastest, the next big thing, or the flavour of the month. The new album of singer/guitarist Joern Schlueter and his band is a counterpoint to all that’s hasty or rushed. It stands against the panic of missing out and the fear to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. “Well-seasoned countryside egg yoke”, says Stefan Reichmann, CEO of well-respected German indie label Haldern Pop, about the record. “Songs like deep valleys, mysterious and beautiful”, says Ralf Schroeter, manager of star-singer Philipp Poisel (and now manager of Someday Jacob, too). “Truly wonderful music”, says Vance Powell, four-times Grammy®-winner and legendary producer from Nashville. He mixed the record.
The name of the album is “It Might Take A While”, a title that illustrates the aforementioned attitude. It will be released on July 24th through Haldern Pop/Rough Trade/GoodToGo. It was produced in Germany, the UK and the US. Members of the production team are Vance Powell (Kings of Leon, Jack White), Richard Dodd (George Harrison, Tom Petty, Dixie Chicks) and the Americana sensation Israel Nash Gripka from Texas.
Here flows a record like the golden-yellow yoke of a happy hen. It knows about all the wonderful music of the last five decades. From the minerals of musical history this record matured to be one of the best recording for a long time. Who would have thought a North German band is able to write and play such wonderful music without having been saturated by the golden sun of California!? The sheer amount of melodies and the wonderfully light production are nothing less than a small miracle. In spite of the title the listener quickly immersed in fascinating 70s-harmonies reminiscent of Neil Young and CS&N and a musical sensibility similar to the likes of Midlake or Scott Matthews. Some songs shine like dark diamonds (“Useless Light”), some carry the musical DNA of Laurel Canyon in them (“Daily Bread”, “Trade It All In”), some move the soul with quiet intimacy (“Room With A View”). The first single, “Between Me And You”, evokes the hushed magic of Fleetwood Mac’s ballads – and widens Someday Jacob’s musical horizon yet a little more.
Already Someday Jacob’s debut record ”Morning Comes” received a lot of applause by the music world. Schlueter, then a one-man-band, played well-seasoned neo folk with hints of Americana. Shows on national radio, tours in Germany, Holland and the UK followed. One track landed on Rolling Stone Magazine’s Best-of-New-Voices-CD. In the following year, Someday Jacob became a band – with Martin Denzin on drums, Uli Kringler on guitar and Manuel Steinhoff on Bass. “It Might Take A While” is their first communal effort – a record that is as beautiful and magical as it is timeless…
“It’s been a very long time that such a great folkrock album came out of Germany. If ever at all.“
„Glowing country rock or elagiac folk pop: the bremen-based band around singer/songwriter an ROLLING STONE author Joern Schlueter plays the most soulful Americana outside America.“
“It’s a rare thing in Germany to hear a record, that conjures the sweet harmonies of 70s westcoast pop in such a perfect way without simply worshipping the old greats.“