Jack Robert Hardman returns with The Great Unknown EP, released on 19th May via Pleasant Pursuits/Cooking Vinyl Publishing. The EP’s opening track Loose Connection is available as an instant Free Download with each CD pre-order via Jack’s official website, with digital pre-orders being available via iTunes from 31st March. Loose Connection can also be streamed and shared via Soundcloud and the video via YouTube following its premiere on Clash.
Loose Connection, indicative of The Great Unknown EP as a whole, offers hazy acoustic folk melodies, quirky percussion and Jack’s yearning vocals. The sound recalls artists such as Beach Boys, Grizzly Bear, David Kitt and Sufran Stevens in its presentation of songs intricately layered yet beautifully simplistic. Aptly, the EP was mastered by Alan Douches (Sufjan Stevens and Midlake), recorded in part at the legendary Konk Studios and mixed by Adrian Breakspear (Exit Calm).
The Great Unknown EP follows Jack’s self-released debut album (2012) and the subsequent singles Famous (2012) and Plymouth (2013), all of which picked up impressive word-of-mouth accolades and fans. Simon Raymonde of Bella Union sited Jack as a ‘Breaking Act for 2013’ in his Sunday Times Culture piece. While the singles collectively picked up plays on Radio 1, 6Music, XFM and Amazing Radio.