Jack Hayter - Sucky Tart

There’s something brilliantly English about Jack Hayter's new EP Sucky Tart. Perhaps it’s the slightly nervous and endearingly wobbly vocals, or it could just be the fact that only an Englishman could compose a song about taking the Cutty Sark for a bit of a joyride. Either way the sometime Dollboy and Hefner collaborator has crafted four tracks of beautifully eccentric folk music. Yet this isn’t just a man and his six-string; there’s mournful horns and subtle sounds on ‘A Doll’s House’, while there’s something almost ghostly about ‘A Simple Song’ and its gloomy ambience, recalling latter-day folky David Tibet of Current 93 fame. Closing track ‘Jaqcuie I Won’t Mind’ introduces a dash of harmonica to this woeful tale of love and loss, alongside strains of cello and choral background effects. Jack has made a lovingly crafted comeback in Sucky Tart, so let’s hope a full-length materialises soon.

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