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JAI LARKAN – ‘ONLY LOVE’ SINGLE REVIEW

Jai Larkan
Jai Larkan

Australian singer-songwriter, Jai Larkan, has just released ‘Only Love’, the title track from his forthcoming three-song EP, released worldwide on July 23, 2021. As a member of folk-rock band The Wishing Well, Jai’s experience includes over 660 concert appearances, four albums, supporting artists including Bob Geldof, Andy White, and Tim Finn, sharing festival stages with David Gray, James Morrison, Seal and Joss Stone, and selling over 60,000 albums.

As Jai says about the origins of the song, “‘Only Love’ was written in the month following a separation and beginning of a divorce. It was one of those songs that lyrically and melodically came very quickly. Fortunately, which I think is the power of music, putting these substantial and heavy feelings into a song makes them more palatable, relatable and something you even want to sing along with. I don’t like remembering these times at all, but I love singing the song. Some kind of emotional alchemy it seems.”

Reminiscent of artists such as Ryan Adams, Bruce Springsteen, and Hosier, Only Love utilises classic rock sensibilities—dynamism, varying vocal registers, a straight concussive feel—and fuses them to a spirited vocal performance, melodic allurements, and a percolating sound. As Jai says about his song writing process, “I always begin with a musical idea first, played either on acoustic guitar or piano. Get inspired to sing to that. Come up with a vocal melody I like. Some words fall into place quickly within those melodies. Then I spend the next days, months or sometimes years finishing the lyrics and the song arrangement.”

Resisting the urge to use guitars to provide the power, Only Love manages to harness the collective finesse of bass, drums, and keys to leave the vocal to carry most of the weight, which it does, and quite persuasively.

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