Jack O Rourke’s debut EP, “The Otherside of Now” shimmers in the hinterland between piano balladry, noir folk rock and midnight blues. Dramatic, string driven pocket symphonies are interspersed with biting honesty and reflections on a changing Ireland and wider world. Produced by Christian Best and featuring an array of Irish and international talent, this EP has Jack’s piano and voice at the centre.
With his grizzled baritone and ethereal falsetto, Jack’s songs chronicle lost love, street lit avenues and open highways filled with possibility. Two new tracks, the anthemic title track and upcoming single “The Otherside of Now” and the piano led elegy, “I’ll forget you in the morning” join the critically acclaimed and chart successes “Naivety”, “Shining for You” and “Silence” in a unique collection showcasing Jack’s unique songwriting, arrangements and vocals.
Marlene Enright’s unique cracked crystal mezzo-soprano is used to beautiful effect on her debut single, “When the water is hot.” Imagine a ménage à trois of Karen O’s steel vulnerability, Joanna Newsom’s eccentric fairytale, world-weary wisdom and Gillian Welch’s rootsy realism – here is Marlene Enright in all her ethereal yet grounded glory. The little girl sensibility to her vocal tone, singing about dark subject matters, is an irresistible combination.