After four successful EPs and support slots with the likes of Lucy Rose, it’s finally time for Jake Isaac to release his long-awaited debut album. Before taking to the stage on the eve of its release, the intimate crowd is treated to the heartfelt stylings of Joel Baker. The Nottingham born soul-folk man serenades the crowd with popular originals such as ‘Further Than Feelings’ and ‘Every Vessel Every Vein’, as well as covers of songs such as the Chainsmokers’ smash hit ‘Closer’. The likeable singer-songwriter enthralls the crowd, intertwining attempts at stand up with wistful, impassioned songcraft.
As Jake Isaac’s set time drew closer, The Islington in Angel grows increasingly cosy. The crowd erupts as he starts his set with upbeat love tune ‘One and Only’, drawn from wondrous debut album ‘Our Lives’. Next up, ‘Fool for You’ – from 2015 EP ‘Where We Belong’ – sees the crowd scream back the lyrics at the singer. A slow-builder that begins with tender claps and builds in intensity, ‘Fool for You’ definitely stands out as a milestone track for Jake Isaac.
The crowd remain incredibly engaged throughout the set, especially considering it mainly comprises songs from Jake’s debut – but you can barely tell that much of the crowd are hearing these tracks for the first time. One of the highlights of the night is the affectionate, heart-warming ballad ‘You and I Always’. He explains to the respectful audience that he wrote the song about his wife who recently had his first child. Like all the other songs he plays tonight, it feels almost overwhelmingly sincere and genuine.
Jake manages to squeeze some of his older, more familiar songs into the latter part of the set, with the only notable exception being the wholehearted ‘I’m a Man’. Perhaps surprisingly, but deservedly so, the best reaction of the night is saved for his new material – especially cheery, hopeful new single ’I Got You’.
On this evening’s showing, the singer’s talent as a songwriter and a captivating performer is utterly undeniable. You would be a fool to miss him on his nationwide September tour.