A debut in the name of sound quality and classic timeless writing for Jordan Hemingway.
The only time I met Jordan Hemingway was at an “open-mic” in a wonderful (but rainy) day in Southend-On-Sea: he played some pieces with his acoustic guitar, leaving his mark with a session of genuine and magnetic energy.
Five tracks in perfect balance between rock and pop, a determination that is clearly innate in Jordan’s vocal cords and spirit, a singer and author from Essex with his debut EP “Little Lights“.
The disc was recorded in New York with Eric Sandersen and Rob Aleen of the Augustines, mixed by Peter Katis, who previously worked with The National and Interpol, and is released for Condor Records, an independent label founded by Hemingway himself together with some of his childhood friends.
“Maybe” immediately demonstrates the character of the album, vibrant in its electric sound where everything seems to be in its right place in the big picture, radio-friendly but also genuine as never before. “Seventeen” has a more soulful pace, from here on Jordan’s voice becomes a palpable presence in the context of listening.
"The Divide" opens to country-rock, airy with that thrill of "on the road" freedom that brings us back to the heartland sound, changing - inside and outside of us - the scenarios that quickly flow from the window. It’s like a chance meeting that’s has always been written in the stars, what you have with "Why You Here (Traveling Man)", a timeless rock track that becomes majestic in a crescendo that spare no emotions. The splendid "Little Lights" closes the EP, a delicious soft ballad with an indelible refrain, that more than confirming the right choice we made listening to it, underlines the artistic caliber of Jordan Hemingway, an artist capable of making us appreciate an album all in one breath, like we haven’t been doing in a long time.Nando Dorelassi