Dave Jakes, former lead singer with beloved alt-rock heroes Lonely The Brave, is today announcing his first solo release. His iconic vocal steered the band through two #1 Rock Chart albums, two UK Top 40 albums and supports to the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Biffy Clyro and Neil Young before his amicable departure in 2018. His self-titled debut mini-album will arrive on December 11th via By The Time It Gets Dark, with first single “Been In My Dream” available to hear now. Pre-order the EP on vinyl / CD / download HERE.
“Been In My Dream” arrives with more of a soft-focus than his previous work, stamping a sound that moves on from his past but with all the previous melodic intensity intact. Brought to life by swelling synths, the fluttering piano contributions of Jamie Cameron, and the sweeping viola of Rachel Lanskey – best-known collectively as The Last Dinosaur – it is a song about longing. It conjures a story of finding connection through a reality different to that of the one in front our eyes, and brings with it the familiar sensation of shapes from dreams that continue to linger in the half-light once we’re awake.
As many will already know, Jakes’ power as a songwriter comes from focusing on the minutiae – every song travelling its own path into its own world. The seven songs on his debut, all written or co-written by Jakes himself, form seven narrow corridors through which glimmers of light appear fleetingly at the end.
Gonna keep you right there ‘til the morning light
Breaks and falls
Stream “Been In My Dream” on DSPs HERE.