Cork-born Jack O’Rourke made big waves in 2015. He released his debut E.P in the summer, and was lucky enough to have the single Silence used by Amnesty International’s Let’s Make History YES campaign for marriage equality in May – an issue that was close to all of our hearts, last year.
His tracks garnered radio play on various well-known Irish and international stations; he shared the stage with many other notable musicians, and even got some television time! Jack isn’t taking time out after his busy year though, as he’s back right at the beginning of 2016 with a fresh single for fans.
I’ll forget you in the morning is a poignant, gentle track with little instrumentation and strong vocals that capture the delicateness of the song’s story. It opens with piano and heavy, yet clean strings leading into Jack’s vocals – a voice that’s haunting right from the start. More strings are added to create depth and dimension, with piano chords setting the foundation and keeping a steady rhythm. Backing vocals strengthen the power of the lyrics, with sharp piano and flowing strings heightening the nostalgic repetition of “lady in waiting, wait on me”.
The song gets a little gentler towards the end, but continuing the mesmerising melody and lyrics, with striking lines like, “She’ll make music wherever she goes”. I’ll forget you in the morning is a strong start to the new year for Jack, and I, for one, can’t wait to see what the year holds for this songwriter. Tracks that are subtle and gentle, but with a bigger picture behind the lyrics, Jack creates music that sticks with the listener, and only leaves them wanting more.
Jack plays Dublin’s Whelan’s Live, February 19th; a show not to be missed.