North East native Jake Houlsby releases ‘Oklahoma’, the second track taken from his ‘Vondelpark’ EP out on May 5th. Signed to Tipping Point Records (Eliza and the Bear, Azekel, Bryde), the Newcastle singer-songwriter names Sufjan Stevens and Tallest Man on Earth as his musical inspirations. Something that no doubt influences Houlsby’s mature songwriting and modern folk guitar rifts.
Produced by Mick Ross, ‘Oklahoma’ delivers atmospheric guitar lines and textured melodies – although at times, an experimental drum beat threatens to over complicate the track’s clean arrangement.
Heavily accented by nostalgic longing, Houlsby explains: “There’s something about the American South that has always enchanted me. I’d just read Woody Guthrie’s autobiography a few years ago, I remember seeing pictures of Oklahoma and getting this weird feeling of discount and nostalgia. I wrote this song shortly after.”
Backed by BBC 6Music’s Lauren Laverne and with extensive support from the online community, the musician has racked up over a million plays on Spotify since his debut EP ‘Yannina’ in 2015. It seems this newcomer is perfectly positioned for future success.
Jake Houlsby’s ‘Oklahoma’ is released through Tipping Point Records and is available on all streaming services and online retailers now.
Jake is playing a series of live dates over the coming months. See below for a list of upcoming shows:
29 Apr – Live at Leeds
05 May – The Mining Institute, Newcastle
06 May – The Eagle Inn, Manchester (supporting Joan Shelley)
20 May – The Great Escape Festival, Brighton