Jack O’Rourke releases ‘On the Downlow’, on Monday, October 3rd. It is the first single from his critically acclaimed debut album, Dream Catcher, which hit record stores and digitally on September 23rd. The album went straight into the Top 20 of the Irish Album Charts on Friday at #19.
Tony Clayton Lea praised the opening line of ‘On the Downlow’ in his Irish Times review of the album – “if masculinity’s your currency, then why you feeling short of change?” ‘On the Downlow’ blends baroque pop with a Leonard Cohenesque lament of a relationship turned sour. The song’s pulsating drums, melodic hooks and the humour in the lyrics, allow bittersweet melancholy to blend with dance rhythms.
Jack’s low baritone, drenched in harmony ignites in the chorus. When arranging the track with producer Christian Best, “I wanted to create an updated version of ‘I Drove All Night’-era Roy Orbison”, says Jack of the track. Best’s driving rhythms accentuate the infectious chorus a la Orbison, as Jack’s multilayered vocal and percussive piano playing climbs over his lyrics, “struttin’ around, love outta bounds, hummin’ a different tune, with you on the downlow.”
‘On the Downlow’s sense of melody has links to The National and an uptempo John Grant. The single is merged with a visually rich music video, directed by Barra Vernon featuring choreography by Megan Blythe and the dancers Philip O’ Callaghan and Lisa Hayes.
International Songwriting Award Winner for Lyrics 2016, Jack O’ Rourke releases this dramatic pop single, which might remind listeners and music fans of his versatility – that he can rock as well as sing a ballad like previous radio hits “Silence” or “I’ll forget you in the Morning.” With his piano and arresting voice, Jack, as the lyrics of ‘On the Downlow’ state, is “humming a different tune.”
Tony Clayton Lea wrote: “a seriously good album from a seriously good songwriter” in The Irish Times (4/5) about his debut and recent appearances at Electric Picnic and RTE’s Today with Seán O Rourke, Pantisocracy and Arena have also helped sell out his Cork launch show at The Everyman Theatre.
Oct 15th Everyman Theatre – Cork (SOLD OUT)
Oct 21st Newcastle – Tyne Musical Festival
Nov 3rd Whelan’s – Dublin
Nov 4th Hotspot Music Club – Greystones – Wicklow.
Nov 11th De Barra’s – Clonakilty
Nov 12th Dolans – Limerick
Nov 17th Mike The Pies – Listowel
Nov 18th Duncairn Arts Center – Belfast