Written and recorded in lockdown, the record sees simple musings shaped into a stunning collection of songs.
It’s been a tumultuous year, but that hasn’t stalled Jayden Hebbard’s creativity. Following on from March’s World Built of U, Songs to Track Down to marks the Grafton-born, Melbourne-based singer-songwriter’s second LP release of 2020 under his solo moniker, Joe Terror.
Written and recorded within his Brunswick home studio during the first Melbourne lockdown, the album was built around a simple concept: ‘If we don’t grip the things we love, we may never track them down again’.
The gentle acoustic strums and quivering vocal vibrato of ‘Honey Baby’ open the album, offering a stark contrast to the soul-tinged unhinged rock and experimental pop-folk offerings of his previous releases.
Instead, Songs to Track Down to is rooted in minimalistic melodies and refined instrumentation, allowing Hebbard’s lyrical prowess to truly shine.
From the near-spoken word, Bob Dylan-like storytelling of ‘The Plot Thickens’ to the heart-wrenching, raw depiction of love’s highs and lows on ‘What I’ve Given You Have Snatched’, the record is a vulnerable display of the inner-workings of the heart and mind.
Poetic and utterly affecting, Songs to Track Down to will leave you with goosebumps.
Listen to Joe Terror’s new album below.
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