New Music Critique: Jack Symes

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Contact: ben@whatthesound.com
Web: endjacksymes.com
Seeking: Label, Film/TV, Distribution
Style: Folk

Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Jack Symes has a twangy, easy-going demeanor that’s easy to like and just as easy to underestimate. And, his ensemble of players has an effortless skill that makes a song like the amblin’ “Baby, My Baby” so accessible. When the horns chime in at the middle of the song and on the slower-paced “Prom Song,” they provide golden moments. Symes’ voice is not dynamic and emotional (and he could enunciate his lyrics more) but it packs a distinctive character that works somehow. That’s especially so on what is perhaps his most affecting number, “Overwhelming”––it’s just his voice and a solo slide guitar and they combine for something that is undeniably beautiful and affecting.