Blues artists are known for their undeniable soulfulness, boasting of struggle and heartbreak. In modern times when pop music often dominates the masses, such artists are difficult to come by among the younger crowd. Yet Jake Tavill’s debut album, Indigo Child, is a refreshing blend of deep, moody blues not widely attainable today, flawlessly demonstrating that it’s the measure of experience and talent, not one’s age, which defines an artist.
An unassuming 17-year-old singer-songwriter, hailing from the heart of New Jersey, Tavill’s traditional blues influence is prominent on Indigo Child. From the get-go the relentless howl of the guitar and rhythmic response between the horns and drums feels like an improv conversation. The instruments play off each other and seem to prompt Tavill’s unique voice, which resonates as a combination of legends like Johnny Winter and Eric Clapton.
Like you would expect from a seasoned artist, Tavill easily gels the lyrics with the sound, producing an emotional whirlwind. As Indigo Child ranges from sentiments of love and pain, to devotion and strength, the tracks juxtapose each other while effortlessly transitioning from one to the next. “I Won’t Go” is a downbeat but hopeful track where Travill croons, “I have seen your soul darling/It’s a dark and lonely place,” while “Tryin’ Ain’t Enough” boasts wisdom with lyrics such as, “Memories can set us free/If we stop them before the repeat.” Tavill’s ability to translate emotions lyrically and methodically will only strengthen and grow with him, drawing listeners in again and again.