JASON PURCELL, “Modern Man”, with “West Coast” and “If You Could Read My Mind”
Alberta singer/songwriter Jason Purcell has got that unassailable ‘IT’, and I hope that the rest of the world will soon catch on!
From his recent EP I Want To Know comes “Modern Man”, which showcases a voice that falls somewhere between Nick Drake, Joshua Radin, and Jakob Dylan, with classic overtones from 60’s pop/folk and 80’s alternative pop, if ever a Peter Murphy song met up with one by Simon & Garfunkel. Jason’s taut “do not be alarmed” will stick around in your head long after the song is over.
And like a good pop introduction should do (and I found out about Jason through the Fluence site on which I help curate some submissions), I had to hear more songs by Jason, so I listened to a few of many acoustic cover versions to choose from on You Tube. When I saw that he covered my very favourite Gordon Lightfoot song, “If You Could Read My Mind”, I had to watch, even a tad reluctantly. Slowing down Lightfoot’s jauntier melody, Jason draws you into every second of his rendition with his deliberate phrasing and how he plays to the camera. Like one of my other recent favourite singers, UK’s James Poole, the camera absolutely adores Jason.
This was made even more apparent in the more formally produced cover of Lana Del Rey’s “West Coast”. I’m not in love with the song, but Jason’s interpretation gave me goosebumps. Like with Lana, he has a vulnerable, fragile quality to his voice that totally suits the song. Plus, he can raise an eyebrow, crack a smile, or stare you down, and you are totally sold.
All in all, Jason Purcell is one you need to watch, and I look forward to new music from him soon! Listen to “Modern Man” above, and watch the videos for “West Coast” and “If You Could Read My Mind” below.