He looks up humbly from the cover of his newest single. In black and white. In silence. In calm. But the single itself that the photo is the cover image for, could not be more different from the almost zen-like picture that just happens to represent it. In a song that at first listen seem to be about someone ringing churchbells all the time, both in the evening and during the day (hence “tonight is today”), the British musician Jack Peñate and his crew serves up an incredibly groovy mix of southern-style guitars and several layers of percussion, all topped with a chorus that’s one of the most catchy I’ve heard in months. It’s very dominating, and the two words taken from the title, cleverly shifted around now and then, will play in your head for the rest of the day. It’s also a very happy song; it makes me imagine summer and having fun in the sun. It makes me long for July. I cannot explain how hard it is to sit still when this song starts playing.
Mr. Peñate has previously written songs that has received quite a lot of airplay, culminating in his album from 2007, Matinée. While I’ve heard them and kinda like them, I must say that none of it is as groovy as this. If this is setting the standard for his second album coming up this year, I’m really excited.
“The thought has just started dawning that there’s still so much more that I can do”