Jake Huffman - 'Younger'

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Connecticut born and bred artist Jake Huffman creates a euphoric realm of indie pop rock, bringing his anthemic energy to a global audience. As lead vocalist and drummer, the multi-instrumentalist was previously known for his time in the viral alt rock band, McLovins.

Having taken the time to rediscover who he is as a solo artist, Huffman returns with a complete arsenal of new music, all of which has been entirely written, performed and produced by Jake himself. 

Jake's new EP, 'Younger', is an outstanding showcase of his musical abilities and artistry. The four-track release is both wholesome and catchy, prevailing in all areas, from its insanely infectious melodies and clever lyricism, to the intricate instrumentation. Opening track 'Martyr' is his catchiest song to date and the perfect encapsulation of what the artist is about, both lyrically and sonically. 

'Vampires In Hippie Clothes' was written following Jake having a dream about wandering around a dusty festival campground, reminiscing about the place where he spent the majority of his teens/early twenties playing and going to music festivals. The song is deeply nostalgic and has a sticky warm energy and a hint of a reggae vibe. Then there is 'Babe' which is a creepy, sexy, vicious indie pop track. Having been experimental with the song's creation, Jake captured an 80s sci-fi horror mixed into a twisted fantasy like day dream.

The artist admits, “For all the risks we took on the song I actually think it’s very cohesive and fits right in with the other tracks.” Bringing the EP to a close is 'Bodytalk', sonically taking the limelight for its unique musical palette that has been described as “if the Bee Gees were running from a Scooby doo swamp monster.” The song tows the line between rock, pop and funk.

Jake further shared, “The main monster wubby subby sound is actually a cello that I manipulated with a few different filters and ran through the Soundtoys decapitator. I've been writing and working on these songs for a few years now and this is the one I find myself listening to the most. It also SLAAAPS live!”

Jake's latest project is an amalgamation of his musical influences and vast heritage of experience. At the age of fourteen, Jake and his band McLovins posted on YouTube a cover of Phish’s 'You Enjoy Myself; from his parents basement in Connecticut. Overnight the video went viral and sparked a rabid following of fans around the world. Since then, he has shared the stage with Blink-182, Foster The People, BB King and The Flaming Lips.

Jake has garnered humbling praise from the likes of the Rolling Stone, US Weekly, NPR and legendary XPN Radio Programming Director and DJ Bruce Warren, as well as also having caught the attention of Emmy, Grammy and Tony award-winning producer and composer Bill Sherman (Hamilton, In The Heights, Sesame Street) and Glee producer Michael Novick. Meanwhile on television, the musician has left an imprint as a composer and lyricist for Sesame Street, writing dozens of songs for artists like Ed Sheeran and Leon Bridges. With plenty more on the horizon, it looks like 2023 will be an explosive year for Jake Huffman.

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