Hailing from Massachusetts Jacob Perreault started playing guitar at the age of ten and then quickly adapted to other instruments including bass, ukulele, piano and drums. He recently released a lo-fi EP entitled Blizzard that despite the complete DIY feel has catchy songs and quality songwriting that are able to shine through. Blizzard is a collection of three songs that were written and recorded during blizzard Nemo in the northeast, between power outages, the driving ban, and his own self-described writer’s block.
The EP starts with “Loss and Submission” which is the best song on the album. While the song soars because of the vocals it is the poppy songwriting that brings it all together. Singing in a falsetto at some point the song will have fans of Bon Iver and The Dodos intrigued. “Day 02” is aggressively played on an acoustic guitar while Perreault’s vocals again are the best part of the song. The EP closes with “Withdrawal” which is a really cool song that starts with vocal harmonies and snaps. A nice change of pace from the other two songs but you may be taken by surprise when you hear the crunchy guitar and drums kick in as the song starts to take on a different feel. Although I would like to see Perreault’s talents taken advantage of in a more professionally recording environment next time around there are well-crafted songs here that you should listen to.
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