Give a very warm welcome to Winnipeg native JayWood, the newest artist on the Captured Tracks roster! What started as a bedroom recording project of sad jangle-pop songs, evolved into the psych-funk approach present on JayWood’s latest effort, Some Days EP – his debut release on Captured Tracks. For now, you can listen to the first single, ‘Some Days’, while you’re patiently waiting. Written and originally recorded in 2015, the EP Some Days was born of a time of compounding transitions in Haywood-Smith’s life. The end of a long-term relationship, a shift in social circles, and an impending move found Haywood-Smith grappling with self-identity. It also presented the rare moment of a fresh start. Taking cues from his favorite DIY artists, he channeled his anxieties into songwriting, trying his hand at self-recording using just a guitar, a midi-controller, and a borrowed MacBook.
“I had to write the EP and learn how to record at the same time, which you can definitely hear in the original recordings. The songs were kinda messy, but I just went with the first ideas that came to mind. I made a rule for myself not to go back on anything, because I didn’t have the time to tweak around.”
Listen to “Some Days” here: https://jaywood.ffm.to/somedays.vlb
Ultimately deciding to re-record the tracks years later, Haywood-Smith had the opportunity to reminisce on the past, while staying firmly rooted in the present. It was a process of life imitating art. With a flair for channeling the past into immediate, feel-good music, JayWood is certainly one to watch.
Pre-order the Some Days EP here: https://jaywood.ffm.to/somedaysep.vlb