Jay Thackery has not had it easy, suffering depression for many of his formative years he went to some pretty dark places.
These days though he channels the emotions and insecurities into his music, strumming his guitar as though his life depends on it.
Ghosts is a three song teaser EP showcasing three tracks from his debut album, which is expected to be released next year.
The opener on Ghosts is “Better Than This” a confident sounding acoustic track. The slightly higher than expected vocals are a sharp awakening and give the track a real edge. The vocals convey real emotion and are belted out in places. “They take the bread for which you work” is a revoke sang with real feeling. The harmonising effects contrast nicely at the end with the simple guitar sounds and create a promising start.
“Devil’s Poetry” is a much more tender affair which shows a nice ability to contrast sounds. The occasional guitar notes are accompanied by a restrained set of vocals, which yet despite being toned down still feel like they are brimming with feeling. “Don’t bury me” is a tender yet brutal chorus that grips you easily.
Final teaser track “Demon Dance” is the most blatant “teenage angst” song as he sings about a girl he wants. Sadly, it falls onto slightly tired ground with lines like “If I get my way you’ll never be alone” being a retread of many a love based song from yesteryear. Having said that it is still a pleasant enough sound which I am sure many young folk will connect with on grounds of the one that got away.
A pleasant and fresh acoustic offering which shows enough variation to suggest the full offering will deliver on a similar scale.
The EP will be available to buy on iTunes from next week.
You can see the video for Better Than This below: