Handsome Dad Records – September 13th

Family ties inspired Jacob Read AKA Jerkcurb’s obsession with all things Americana of old. With his parents residing there before he was born, Air Con Eden is the sound of Read piecing those memories together through nostalgia-soaked love letters and whimsical ballads. His bedroom pop sensibilities remain, but this is a vision that feels vastly widescreen this time around.

Read weaves charming stories throughout his songwriting in the same vein as Metronomy’s Joseph Mount, one of the UK’s most creative forces, and Read has an equally adept ear for a hook, even if it’s on a more stripped back basis. ‘Water’s unfussy keys are a perfect example; melancholic, desolate and barely there, yet enticing. Jacob Read can seemingly produce something essential from almost nothing.

Buy: Jerkcurb – Air Con Eden

Live: Chats Palace Arts Centre on October 17th and Bussey Building on February 26th