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Reviewed by Olly Clifton

Jesse Will: Every Thread EP

Reviewed by Olly Clifton

Jesse Will: Every Thread EP

The first thing that strikes you in Jesse Will’s ‘Every Thread’ is the sound of his guitar. Squeaky, raw and clean, it sounds like it’s been recorded up close and personal, setting the tone for this intimate and fragile suite of folk songs. The now London-based former MAINZ student is clearly a strong songwriter. He doesn’t stray too far from the folk formula but this plays to his strengths. The four songs on this well-produced EP consist mainly of guitar and vocals, with percussion largely absent. However solo violin, piano and rhythm sections tastefully creep in and out of the mix. These moments make the album feel more than just a solo singer/songwriter effort, and set Wills apart from the myriad of solo folk artists out there. Let Me Be Broken (Leaves That Fall) nearly goes full folk-rock for a moment, but Will’s music is at its best in its more simple and refined moments. Another noteworthy track is a cover of Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off. His video for the song was shared by Swift and has had nearly half a million views. Given that boost to his profile and the current popularity of simple folk stylings, it’s likely we will be hearing a lot more of Jesse Will in the future.