Jacob Shipley is a young singer/songwriter from New York who hasn’t been writing music for very long. He started writing music in high school but doesn't even seem to be out of college at this point. His release Where Did You Come From displays some potential and a lot of room for growth.
The EP revolves around his guitar and vocals. To get straight to the point these songs felt like they could have benefited from more instrumentation. The guitar work is often basic and not particularly noteworthy. That being said he has a great voice and the songwriting is simple yet concise. I think one or two songs would have worked solo but once I got to the end I felt like I needed a change in pace.
The first song “Golden Boy” is one of the songs that works fairly well with just his voice and guitar. It was still a bit repetitive. “Golden Boy” wasn’t the highlight of the EP. The next song “South Dakota” is where Shipley shines. His vocal delivery in on point for this track, especially the verse.
“Across the Fjords” has a optimistic, hopeful feel to it. There is a bit of a Fleet Foxes vibe on this song. “Shutter” doesn’t deviate much from the initial riff and didn’t need a five-and-a-half-minute run time. He closes with a cover of “Cotton Eyed Joe” which is a heartfelt, melancholy song. This contains one of his best vocal performances.
Shipley has a good foundation with the EP and showcases some of his talents. The most obvious to me was that he has a palatable sounding voice. Shipley still has plenty of time to develop his music and falls into a category of wait and see for now. Hopefully he can rise above just being another singer/songwriter with a good voice and an acoustic guitar.
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