Hughie Gavin, also known as JAKL, is one of London’s most promising new sounds. We first heard of him after his breath taking performance at Glastonbury in 2015 – and so did BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens who soon after invited Hughie in to record a studio session for his show. XFM, BBC Introducing and BBC 6 Music ears' pricked, and from there his momentum has been building.
He is know for his stripped back sound and ethereal vocals, which provide haunting melodies and foot-stomping rhythms (as well as his boyish good looks and charm). His new release out this week, called ‘Shadows’ takes his material to whole new heights. The song is part single and part teaser for his 2017 material that will include work with David Kosten of Bat For Lashes and Everything Everything. It’s a charismatic example of Hughie’s compelling voice and combines his excellent musicianship with the brilliant production of Sam Miller.
Part of a musical dynasty (his father is an accomplished opera singer), Hughie was only bound for such trappings. His discernable influences blend the likes of Bon Iver, Jeff Buckley and John Martyn – all of which can be detected, along with his early classical influences within his sound.
Speaking exclusively to Candid Magazine, Hughie said of his upcoming year; “I have a headline show at the Jazz Quarters in London on 30th March, and then I'll be playing shows and festivals in lots of interesting places throughout the year. I'm also releasing lots of new material written over the last few months. I'm actually in my studio in Kent putting the finishing touches to some of the tracks coming out later this year right now”.
As long time followers and fans of Hughie, we can't wait to hear what he has up his sleeve. Listen to his new single here.
By Harry Seymour