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Review: Jarod Grice – ‘Break and Run’

by admin August 26, 2020

Review: Jarod Grice – ‘Break and Run’

A performer, singer, and songwriter from Denton, Texas, Jarod Grice has developed a unique style that seamlessly blends folk and Americana into a rustic, charming sound. With an aim to write songs that are an honest reflection of the human condition, Jarod’s work is deeply connected to the experiences we all share and infused with a stubborn hopefulness.

Growing up in Southwest Oklahoma, Jarod began his musical journey by learning to play blues guitar at the young age of fifteen. From there, he went from strength to strength, writing and recording his own original songs throughout university. After graduating, he began his musical career in the indie-rock band, Lancaster, during which time he recorded his very first EP, ‘I Want to Make Your Mother’ in 2011 at the Flaming Lips’ ACM recording studio in downtown OKC. After the band dissolved, Jarod formed his own band called The Company, finding success in the release of an EP and full-length album. It was the start of great things, and in the fall of 2018, Jarod signed Denton based 6:4 Records, and set to work releasing a series of singles throughout 2019.

His second single to date, ‘Break and Run’ follows on from the atmospheric, soft rock melodies of ‘Signal’, breaking through the silence with an upbeat, melodic sound that celebrates adventure and risk-taking. In his own words, the new single runs with a strong thread of soul and RnB, and he’s spot on with his description. Arriving on a stream of melodic acoustic guitar notes, ‘Break and Run’ breaths with a sun-kissed, hopeful sound, mixing a developed folk harmony with Jarod’s soft, soulful vocals. It’s a lovely sentimental track that resounds with a heartfelt and sincere honestly, elevating it above the usual soft indie tracks that often flood the airwaves throughout the Summer months.

When writing the track, Jarod said that the song was a risk for him artistically, breaking into new, unknown territory both instrumentally and lyrically and after a few listens it’s easy to say that the risk has pulled off. A lighter, more upbeat sound that creates a stark contrast to his earlier work, it’s clear to see that there’s something very special about ‘Break and Run’.

The single is available now on all major streaming platforms thanks to 6:4 Records.

Score: 8/10

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