Updated: Oct 27, 2020
Despite having been recorded at the beginning of 2020, before the world was sent into disarray, Jack Davies and The Bush Chooks new six-song EP Songs For A Long Walk, provides the exact warmth and comfort needed right now.
Inspired by the likes of Courtney Barnett, Tom Odell and Tinpan Orange, the group has been praised in the past for their whimsical yet profound indie folk/rock/country/roots ballads. The combination of Jack Davies’ lyrical strength and vulnerability and The Bush Chook’s inspired and diverse musicality make it really hard to not listen to this EP all the way through once you start.
As a whole, the band have been receiving acclaim from Aussie fans and new listeners alike, while also attracting industry praise. They have a WAM and SOTY award to their name, as well as a National Live Music Award for WA’s Best Live Act. Their ability to address the Australian experience on a whole, and on a deeply personal level, has drawn in over 1.5 million streams on Spotify alone and they have also proven to be a captivating live performance, with audiences around the country embracing them both as headliners, and as support for much-loved acts like Tash Sultana, Weyes Blood and San Cisco.
The storytelling on this EP is truly the most impressive, alongside the ability of Jack Davies and The Bush Chooks to foster specific emotions on each track of Songs For A Long Walk. Self-proclaimed sucker for a love song, I'm particularly moved by the lyrics and subtle instrumentation of strings, a banjo and harmonica on the EP’s opening track ‘Loving You’s Like a Mouldy Cup of Tea’.
“Cause I love you like a dog loves being scratched on his head/ Or just like the little mouse in my bedroom seems to love runnin’ round in my bed./ I love you like a liar loves cheating themself,/ Or just like the dusty old book loves sitting on my shelf.//
And she said my darling are you sure you won’t leave?/And I explained that I have tried to babe, but without you I can’t breathe,/ Cause honestly I’m scared and a little but tired, But I can forget all that when I lay with you at night.”
For lovers of this genre, you definitely won’t be disappointed musically, and there is something for everyone here, lyrically. Pop this one on next time you’re on a long walk, or sitting around a fire with a couple of bevs; that’s the vibe.