Jack Keyes – “Home”


Louisville-based artist Jack Keyes presents an enthralling baroque-folk sound on “Home,” the artist’s latest single. Steady acoustics, poetic lyrical prowess, and orchestral additions remind fondly of Sufjan Stevens, aesthetically. “I am surprised to fade into myself again,” the vocals let out into brassy warmness, embodying themes throughout of struggling to find belonging, purpose, and a sense of home.

“‘Home’ is nostalgic and wistful, but has a celebratory quality with a momentous build up in the chorus,” Keyes said. “I wanted it to capture the overwhelming emotions of finally returning home, wherever that may be.”

“Is it something to mourn or celebrate,” the vocals ruminate on the commonplace feeling of finding a place of comfort, acceptance, and — ultimately — home. Gentle string infusions stir in the finale, sending chills as multiple vocal layers assemble; the track also marks the first time Keys has utilized guest vocals within his music, as the outro features Daniel Lobb and members of Routine Caffeine on vocals. Additional players on this stellar track include Lobb on banjo, Ellie Ruth on viola, and Fiona Palenski on drums.

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of October 2023’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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