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06 November 2023 Reviews


Opening with a distant guitar line, playing as if on a radio on the other side of the room, the latest offering from Jacob Rountree is the pensive single, ‘First Avenue’. As the track opens up, we are treated to a earnest and heartfelt soundscape, filled with string melodies, sloshing drums and plucky acoustic guitar lines. Over the pretty instrumental, Rountree wistfully delivers a simple but infectious vocal performance, portraying a warm and accepting atmosphere. The product we are left with is a gorgeously playful alt-folk track, laced in restrained amounts of experimental soundscapes.

Jacob Rountree shares:

“This playful, alternative-folk song is a musical collaboration that expands the globe! As I was traveling through the Czech Republic in the winter of 2022, I found myself listening to the wonderful sounds of LUNAVES at the Jazz Dock in Prague. Bonding through the music after the show, the band and I made sure to keep in touch after my return to the States. Six months later I finished writing and recording the baritone depths of ‘First Avenue’ and decided to reach out to the bands’ violin player, NINA ROSA, to add the wonderfully playful higher frequencies.

Within the week, NINA'S violin recording was emailed from halfway across the world and this completely unique collaboration was formed. With the final mix and master by Montana's finest, three time Emmy award winner, LUKE SCHEELER, ‘First Avenue’ has come to life. Listen now for a contemplative sonic journey that leaves you peacefully joyful.”

Hailing from the stunning alpine of Montana, Jacob Rountree is an alternative/indie songwriter who brings a contemplative yet playful lyrical style to his music. His unique production style can be described as Bob Dylan meets Pink Floyd, with the integrity of his music putting him amongst contemporary artists such as Bon Iver, Ben Howard, and Shakey Graves.


4 /5


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