Jack in Water – If I cared

by | May 7, 2021 | Single Review

History

Over the years I’ve grown fond of Will Clapson (aka Jack In Water). He is one of the most charismatic, beautifully gifted, brave, intense, sensitive and wonderful lyricists I have ever known. Jack in Water has a way with both words and music which needs to be celebrated in every home across the world. His voice boasts both colourful and rich tones that he has perfectly mastered. I often wonder why Jack in Water is not on day-time Radio 2 or BBC 6 Music. Because he bloody should be.  

Talking you through my first listen 

The track begins with a Coldplay-like pad followed seamlessly by the vocal, and before we know it, our journey into Jack in Water’s brand-new single has begun. Accompanied by strings, guitar and drums, which are being thoughtfully stroked by brushes, the song is off to a spectacularly strong start. At just 18 seconds in, ‘If I Cared’ is already a faultless, immaculate and pure victory in Jack in Water’s back catalogue of already faultlessly crafted songs. 

The first chorus starts, and I am hooked. His luxury vocal harmonies accompanied by the soft touch of the rest of the tracks ongoings delivers nothing short of audible ecstasy. The chorus comes to a halt and the song continues sailing down a river of musical paradise. 

As the song progresses, as does Will’s vocal. At 3 minutes 25 seconds in the volume is turned up. The drums turn from being approached delicately with brushes, to a powerful African beat across the snare and toms focusing nicely on the offbeat with shakers and a hi-hat keeping the groove going. The open armed welcome of a horn section is short lived as the song ends living just the strings, a choir and an organ hitting the last note as the song finishes.

Jerry, I mean, Ollie’s final thoughts

Will Clapson (aka Jack in Water) is a fucking mastermind. Do not try and replicate his sound because he has already perfected it. Every piece of music he creates further secures my place as a lifelong fan. This is by far Jack I Water’s most epic and cinematic piece yet. I don’t know how he can get better… But thankfully for us mere mortals, this is just the beginning. 

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