Just a few weeks ago, Jack Aisher, also known as jackLNDN, released the title track to his forthcoming EP entitled Deeper. Out tomorrow, April 24, you can listen to the EP here ahead of its release.
In a time when we're relegated to maintaining social connections through virtual get togethers, this latest EP is an aptly relevant evaluation of the depth of relationships. Deeper goes further, an uncanny exploration of the deeper edges of house music, melody, and soul collide that highlights what we have and don't have as we navigate a world where we can't get together physically.
After releasing his sophomore album, Thoughts, in 2019, this EP release comes as the his first non-single release of the year, following a handful of remixes and "Courage of Blindness" earlier this year. Constructed on tenants of instrumental and electronic origin, Deeper tells a cohesive story better than many albums can, taking us on a journey through emotion and music history.
Aisher's history lies in growing up in a family raised on jazz, funk, and classical music, clubs like London's iconic fabric, and classical vocal training, to give his music a special strength and depth. We hear these various elements throughout Deeper - signs of 80's synths in "Distance," a familiar smooth jazz guitar on "Physical," progressive electronic melodies on "Twisted" and 2000's era electronica on the final track "Under the Moon." Each song is different in energy, but evolving in tone. All are moving.
The track's titles might be coincidence considering what's all on our minds right now, but in production Aisher took aim at our obsession with connectivity. “We’re so wrapped up in our screens with dating apps and social media - it’s hard to be fully present with someone, to have your attention completely absorbed by them. I wanted to make something meditative but dancey, something I could throw on at the club and see people losing themselves - in each other and in the music,” he says. “I’m playing more instruments on these tracks – recorded keyboards like always, but also more guitar than ever before."
It leaves us to wonder about our own before and after thoughts on our social media addictions, as we rely on them out of necessity now. If there's one thing we can focus on, it is the connectivity of music, at least.