'The Drowsy View,' is an indie rock album by the talented musician and songwriter, Jake Wardwell. This album is a testament to the incredible ingenuity and passion that can be unleashed from a small home studio. With all instruments and vocals recorded by Jake himself, 'The Drowsy View' is a stunning display of his musicianship and songwriting abilities. As you listen to this album, you'll be transported on a voyage through Jake's world. With a style that blends modernized traditional indie rock, this artist delivers a sound that's truly unique. Jake Wardwell's music is characterized by lively, energy-fueled drums that drive the rhythm forward while soaring guitar riffs and patterns shift between warm, introspective tones and more dynamic sounds. The genuine lyrics, delivered with passion and conviction, add an extra layer of depth and emotion to the music, making it impossible not to be fascinated by this album.

'this is the comedown' brings the upbeat with amplified and distorted guitars to the mix. The music feels like a living and breathing source of melodies throughout this album. This song has consistency showcased throughout its performance with vitality. It explores the feelings of disillusionment and loss that can accompany the end of a relationship and the struggle to hold on to a sense of normalcy in the face of upheaval. Jake also sings about the inevitability of the end, and the sense of loss and sadness that comes with it. Beautiful and subtle vocal harmonies in the background are immersive alongside the huge rainfall of tuneful drops of each frequency capturing such complex emotions with such elegance and grace. It is a poignant rock track that explores the ups and downs of life, and the inevitable moment when everything comes crashing down.

'harder than it has to be' is a track that cuts straight to the heart, evoking a sense of reflection and realisation. The composition delivers its meaning through a deep and resounding instrumental arrangement that perfectly complements Jake Wardwell's natural and authentic voice texture. Jake's lyrics speak of pain and frustration, of feeling like everything is more difficult than it needs to be, and the desire to break free from the weight of it. Strong and precise drums, glittering layers of guitars and profound bass blend together giving out the essence that slowly and steadily transforms the song into a tour de force of immense exuberance that propel the track forward. The lyrics explore the struggle of committing to something, whether it's finishing a phrase or keeping up with big changes. Wardwell's vocal delivery perfectly captures the sense of frustration and doubt that comes with trying to hold onto something that feels like it's slipping away. The instrumentals are equally impressive, with a catchy guitar riff and a driving drum beat that give the song an energetic and upbeat feel. The combination of the upbeat instrumentals with the introspective lyrics creates an interesting juxtaposition that adds depth to the track.

The track 'ain't about you' is a meticulously constructed piece that delves into themes through transition, specifically exploring a troubled relationship. The song is in line with the broader album's thematic direction and conveys a sense of frustration and helplessness that arises from the other person's actions. Despite attempts to remain patient, emotions get rapidly spiral out of control due to the constant stress. The acoustic guitar sets the tone at the beginning, and the beat quickly picks up, shifting the key and altering the chord progression to reflect the growing intensity of the situation. The incorporation of intricate basslines and diverse drum patterns, coupled with the introduction of woodwind instrumentation during the song's climactic moments, creates a dynamic and energetic mix with a real punch.

'wrong answer' highlights the struggles of confronting pain and uncertainty. The opening sets the tone of the song as Jake leans into the challenges that come his way, unphased by the change in the wind. The song articulates how the years seem to repeat themselves, with old feelings growing into a new wave. Extraordinary guitar playing with unique vibrant and ambient elements revolving around heartfelt voice and lyrics woven through Jake's feelings. Snare has a high impact leading the rhythm and the guitar feels smooth and fluid. The impressive guitar riff becomes memorable as it plays back and forth with vocals. The coordination of instrumental and vocals while keeping them synchronised is truly a masterful art coming from a genius artist like Jake.

'making a meadow' fills your headroom with soulful and pleasant sustaining melodies. Continuing the instrumental that communicates with listeners through Jake's metaphorical and poetic writing, we get a sound which is dreamy and atmospheric, with a lush arrangement of guitars, drums, and bass that create a rich, layered sound. The vocals are soulful and expressive, conveying a sense of longing and desperation. The instrumentation is expertly crafted, with each element of the song contributing to the overall mood and atmosphere. A subtle touch of the organ adds a spark and extends the harmony. It can be interpreted as a metaphor for growth, change, and decay, possibly representing the natural cycle of life. The song's magnificence can also represent both the beauty and fragility of life and how it is constantly evolving and changing.

'alternate endings' is where the instrumentals are subdued, with a focus on the vocals and the emotion they convey. It suggests a sense of loss and change, as well as the struggle to come to terms with it. Again, Jake's mastery over crafting new guitar riffs and solos is one of the most otherworldly experiences of this album. The chorus is a powerful reminder that relationships are not always straightforward, and there are often different outcomes to consider. It captures the feeling of helplessness and uncertainty that can come with a failing relationship. This song holds a familiar, catchy and guitar-driven sound that's reminiscent of classic indie rock.

Definitely listen to 'The Drowsy View' by Jake Wardwell on Spotify.

About Jake Wardwell:

Jake Wardwell, a resident of western Massachusetts, is thrilled to announce the release of his first solo EP. This project was a labour of love, as Jake wrote and recorded all the instruments and vocals in his small home studio. He previously played in a band called Eat Fire Spring (eatfirespring.bandcamp.com) and currently serves as the guitar/backline tech for J Mascis and Dinosaur Jr.

Jake Wardwell - 'The Drowsy View'