Premiere: Jack R. Reilly delivers a warm embrace with I Don't Like To See Us Like This
The warm and therapeutic new single arrives off the back of his last, Who Can Say?, in August.
Header photo by Michelle Grace Hunder.
Jack R. Reilly is a treasure to Sydney's music scene. Over the last few years, he's gradually built a name for himself as a go-to of shimmering dream-pop, taking hazy guitar melodies and glistening subtleties and mixing it with his woozy vocal, which time and time again, seems to floor us. Whether it be his 2016 EP Video Tapes, his 2018 follow-up Pursuing Balance, or the little bites of singles he's released in-between and around these releases, Jack R. Reilly consistently brings something joyful to Australian music, and he's become a cult-adored favourite because of that.
After sharing a teasing return back in August with Who Can Say?, today we're stoked to welcome what's next from Jack R. Reilly - a shimmering, Postal Service-comparable delight titled I Don't Like To See Us Like This. Lush with emotion, the single is a gentle combination of Reilly's many strengths in songwriting - whether it be the open-aired guitar work that forms the single's rich backbone, the twinkling synth that dance over the top of it, or his own washed-out vocal, which feels like the meeting place of Death Cab For Cutie and Japanese Wallpaper, for the lack of better comparable coming to mind.
"It's about becoming aware of when to call something quits," he says on the track, and you can hear that slight tinge of longing (perhaps), ache through his swirling vocal. "I wanted to contrast the feeling of deep sadness at something ending with the joy, the freedom and the curiosity of the new and what’s coming," he continues. After his last single introduced a wave of darkness, I Don't Like To See Us Like This almost feels like a step forward; a moment of uplifting acceptance for a songwriter that deserves nothing but.
He's rounding out a tour with Amends tonight, in Canberra, before playing Melbourne's The Old Bar tomorrow night. If you can't make it, however, expect more dates on the horizon, and dive into I Don't Like To See Us Like This below:
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