Photo by Max Cutting

Just as luck would have it I’ve recently met, discovered, or encountered musicians that all shared one common thing: they all come from Brighton. I’ve never been there, but somehow this place has become more and more appealing to me. Let me tell you why.

Brighton, located on the south coast of Great Britain, is considered to be one of the UK’s leading night-life hotspots. It is also famous for originating great indie bands like THE KOOKS, BLOOD RED SHOES, and THE MISERABLE RICH and for being home of other popular musicians such as MAX RAFFERTY, FATBOY SLIM and NICK CAVE. The list of amazing artists is a long one, and today I’ll add another name onto it: JACKO HOOPER , singer and song writer from Brighton.

I just listened to one of his songs randomly and I fell in love with his voice immediately. So I checked up on him and stumbled upon his beautiful five-track album From Home, released in late March 2012. It has everything that a lovely acoustic album can only offer: melancholic sounds, a stunning voice, and catchy melodies. This music is very moving! When I listened to the album a second time and even a third time, I wondered if the songs had changed since my last listen in. The songs are so manifold and rich, it’s simply beautiful. The song You Are The Forest reminds me on IF THESE TREES COULD TALK – maybe this is just how humans imagine the sounds of the wooden nature. It makes me dream and I want to listen to it forever. Common Sense is rather melancholic; it starts with heavy chords, but then fades into melodic tunes that could be almost merry, if the singing wasn’t accompanied by an omnipresent sadness. The River consoled my heart again. However, the forth song on the album, Freefall, took me entirely out of time and space. Just like its name predicts, it is a potpourri of emotions and impressions that you might also experience when you are in a literal as well as symbolic free fall. The album ends peacefully with Lullaby and so I turn around in my bed and keep on dreaming.

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JACKO HOOPER
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alternative / acoustic
from Brighton, UK

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