Jamie Isaac - Wash / Can See (Housewarming Records)
Last Friday, I played a show with my band Kinnie The Explorer at Cafe Oto in Dalston. Not only was the show a secret warm-up gig for Irish psychedelic folk band Dr Strangely Strange (playing under the pseudonym Mountains Of The Mind), but it was also the debut show for London’s rising talent Jamie Isaac. The seventeen-year old is a solo artist with an accomplished young band behind him, allowing his reverb-soaked piano songs to float in amongst the subtleties of distanced guitar sounds and the contributions of their percussive and mood-creating laptop accompaniment Amané Suganami (who has a fantastic project of his own).
The musician in me gazed in wondrous awe at just how Isaac managed to keep in time with such a slow tempo, and sparse percussion, demonstrating implicitly some well-rehearsed inner rhythm. Dynamically, the set was very careful, every move considered; the climax was huge, the swirling noise on Intro/Drowning Roots a sharp, spectacular breach of convention.
There’s a common ancestor in the James Blake-esque classical piano which underpins ‘Can See’ (below), one of his most direct pieces, archaic in sound and cut so painfully short. Also below is ‘Wash’, a link to visit Housewarming Records (also home to IVVVO), and means by which to hear the rest of Jamie Isaac’s discography at his band camp page.