Jakob The Liar – “Sunchild”


A radiant folk success about rebirth, grief, and hope, “Sunchild” is a new single from London-based act Jakob The Liar. “It’s a song about losing oneself. And finding pieces of one’s truth in the sanctity of the unknown,” frontman Jakob Kupferberg explains. “It’s a song about being stuck. And starting over.” The songwriting derives from Jakob’s own healing process, and was written in Cape Town.

“I can’t run up the hill anymore, because nothing is the way it was before,” the vocals let out with strongly relatable sentiments; life’s ever-changing tendencies can be overwhelming, and the opening lyrics capture as such alongside a contemplative folk styling. The gorgeous “reborn into the light,” chorus sees an uptick in vibrant vocal soaring alongside subtle wordless backing vocal reflections. Clap-laden percussive elements and trickling guitars further the inviting soundscape, as the vocals ask: “whatever happened to the children of the sun? they’re all looking down the barrel of the gun.”

“Sunchild” is a testament to Jakob The Liar’s ability to craft a glowing, evolving folk sound with poetic lyrical explorations of the human experience — particularly, the quest to discover hope and life following heartbreak and loss. “Sunchild” marks the third single from the project’s upcoming EP, Wake Up Mr. Kupferberg.

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Emerging Singles’ 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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