When I first saw the video for This Was The Earth by Brighton-based singer songwriter Jacko Hooper, I could tell he was something quite special.
By Graeme Smith
As the video begins, mournful acoustic guitar plays over the shot of an empty chair and mic stand. Enter Jacko who approaches the mic and sings with an angelic, incomparable voice. As his poetic story develops, the passion in the vocals ramp up and the instrumentals gain a cinematic quality. Strings, electric guitar and bass come and go before coming together for the tracks epic climax. All the while the visuals get more and more surreal.
In the past Jacko has toured with the likes of Micheal Kiwanuka, James Blunt and Marika Hackman. This Was The Earth is his first release of the year. Check out the video below. If you like what you hear then there’s more like it on our Raw Stuff playlist on Spotify.