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Jake's new album is now available

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Jake has officially released his third studio album, Elimination and Creation, on March 7, 2022. It is available on most major streaming platforms, and the physical cd can be purchased by clicking the 'shop' tag above, OR by clicking the album cover (to the left) for $12.50 + p&h ($5 with-in Australia).

Click here to order or download Jake's new album

Review of Elimination and Creation by Gerard Lewis-Fitzgerald

It is obvious from listening to Jake Hanney's third musical offering, "Elimination and Creation" that once again the young Drouin multi-instrumentalist songwriter is maturing even more in his craft. 

Jake has drawn from his artist's palette of the popular music which delights him, the distinctive influences of which are difficult to dismiss. The result is a generous helping of catchy, original songs, with certain tracks radiating a recognisable feel, notably of ABBA (in the romantic synth-lavish "Your Best Shot") and The Beatles' earlier period with "I'll Always Love You", (in which the boy asks for mutual commitment from his girl).

 

A good few of Jake's songs explore themes of courtly love, waning romance and sad partings, particularly in "Is This The End?", another ABBA-influenced ballad, featuring the strong vocals of Sage Roadknight, as well as in the heart-rending track, "Bethany”. The harmonising backing vocals on several of the album's tracks are sung beautifully by Jake's younger sister Claudia.

Commendably, with album number three, Jake has delved into a variety of themes. For example, "2031" is a song suggestive of the pacy, incisive quirkiness of Ron and Russell Mael of Sparks, and which maintains optimistically that, by a decade from now, we'll have overcome the worst of our current disorder. 

 

There is also "Fifteen Minutes of Fame", a more realistic and sobering perspective on the fickle and transient nature of popularity.

 

Jake teams up with his good friend from the big smoke, Saxon Jenkins, on track 10 ("No Clue") where the guys' distinct voices constitute a most enjoyable and interesting blend. 

 

And what a gem is the short 1:13-min. instrumental track 8, "The Monkey Song"!  It's somehow suggestive of something Cat Stevens might have toyed with in his "Mona Bone Jakon" album period (1970).  Its build-up and wind-down, different textures are so engaging that one finds oneself bewailing the teasing brevity of the thing. Where's the full song? What are you doing, Jake Hanney?  Don't let it stop there! 

In terms of musical ingredients, an increasingly adventurous Jake has made admirable and bold use of chord variations, tempo, dynamics, melody and counterpoint, surprising linkages, nifty key changes and mature guitar solo lines, as well as adding the garnishing touches of xylophone, woodwind and - wait for it - sitar!

 

Jake has produced a finely constructed collection of songs, well worth listening to.

 

At 15 years of age, Jake has come a long way from his first album, “Sympathy”, released in 2019, at the age of 12. This young man is going to go places.

Click here to purchase Jake's latest single, '1000 Reasons Why'

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This review is from Atomic Music Australia! of the song, My Friend, taken from the most recent Jake Hanney album, Hard Work.

'My Friend' is one of the most promising resurrections of British-Invasion pop to come out of Drouin Victoria and land on the Atomic platform.  Jake Hanney Music also happens to be an artist from the younger end of the spectrum to grace the air-waves of Atomic digital radio. Jake expresses a mastery over his vocal intonation that borders on phantasmagorical. Dipping and weaving between one key and another in a single note. His prowess on guitar matches his sensational vocal effects with ease. Definitely a recommendation to tune-in and listen to this promising young artist.

Review of '1000 Reasons Why' by Kristina Mondo of Radio Airplay

 

Older and wiser in years in both age and music, singer/songwriter Jake Hanney is a pop music wonder kid and prodigy who has a penchant and appreciation for creating music that’s a modernized version of the music of the ’70s and ’80s and influenced and inspired by bands like ABBA and The Bee Gees while creating something all his own with wonder and musical prowess it's an interesting and diverse sound. The sound is one that would appeal to fans of the '70s and '80s and disco music who prefer an updated modern flair.

Hanney's vocals are impressive especially due to his age and as a newcomer on the scene. His voice has a great tone, intonation, and wonderful control over his voice, there's a bit of an 80's sound to it. The song is reminiscent of sounds of the Beatles, Dexys Midnight Runners, filled with breezy, contemporary sounds, featuring drums, keyboards, and tambourine, for a foot-tapping and light-hearted tune. A multi-instrumentalist, you can certainly hear his passion for songwriting and the influences his favorite music has had on his own creations. It's a quirky, fun song with flair.

For Fans of the '70s and '80's music, synth-beats, pop, and disco music

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Jake's Album, Hard Work, is available for purchase

Click 'Reviews' tab above to take you to the Australian Music icon, Peter Sullivan's review of the album, 'Hard Work' and a comprehensive review by Gerard Lewis-Fitzgerald.

Click here to purchase the album