JAKE SCHAFER, “Over and Over”
In these days when so much popular music has so many similar qualities about it, a refreshing surprise every now and then is in order. So meet Indiana-born singer/songwriter Jake Schafer, who has just released his EP The Space Between, which includes “Over and Over”. It’s soulful pop that will appear to fans of The Bee Gees, Mika, Darren Hayes, and Sam Sparro among others. Jake’s voice, particularly in his lower tones, elicits Barry Gibb vibes, and strangely in his higher tones recalls Mika more than Barry. The music in “Over and Over” relies heavily on an infectious but basic metronomic synth drum beat. The melody builds on its initial minimal sounds and adds ear-catching guitar and harmonies. It all gels quite nicely and makes you wonder what’s next for Jake Schafer.