Jack Cheshire: Heavenly Bodies – single review

Jack Cheshire: Heavenly Bodies (Gun20/Absolute)
CD/DL
19 May 2014

8.5/10

Alternative folk master, Jack Cheshire releases his new single. Louder Than War’s Paul Scott-Bates reviews.

From last year’s marvellous Long Mind Hotel album, Jack Cheshire returns with one of its finest cuts in the form of Heavenly Bodies.

It’s a slow, beautifully crafted affair with winsome guitars and gorgeous cymbal strokes which perfectly compliment Jack’s soft tones. Superbly written by a poet in waiting, the track gracefully proceeds through lyrics that sometimes don’t quite fit into the gaps and rhymes that are few and far between. Not many write a bit of alternative folk-pop quite like Mr Cheshire does.

It’s surely only a matter of time before he breaks through to a larger audience, or at the very least secures a support slot with a major artist. Currently punching below his weight, he has oodles of talent on his side.

Backed by another album track in the form of Postcards From Sedation which again moves at an easy pace with a smothering of organized jazz and tinkling keyboards. Jack clearly cares about words and sounds in equal amounts and the time taken to ensure this is easily observed in the final product.

Heavenly Bodies deserves at least to be featured as a backing track to a TV advert or promo, and that push may well just bring him a well deserved step closer to our homes.

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The Jack Cheshire website is here. You can follow him on Twitter here and like on Facebook here.

All words by Paul Scott-Bates. More of Paul’s writing on Louder Than War can be found here. Paul’s website is hiapop Blog. Paul is working hard to save Radio Lancashire’s On The Wire, the BBCs longest running alternative music programme. Follow him on twitter as @saveonthewire for all On The Wire news or follow hiapop Blog on Twitter, @hiapop.

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