Following up on his critically acclaimed second solo album, In Other Words, multi-instrumentalist and Alaskan, Paul Jacks, explores solitude and his identity in an ever-changing world.
The backdrop for his new album, Black Jackal, is an apocalyptic world and its aftermath. Drawing from Egyptian mythology, Jacks takes on a futuristic persona with Black Jackal to explore the transition to the afterlife. According to the writer, the album represents our “journey into the dark to discover the light which has the power to transform us.” The album is full of syncopated synths, electronic pianos, orchestra and brass sections, lush pads, echoey backing tracks, dark harmonies, and a hybrid of live and electronic drums played by both Jacks and Dan Konopka (OK Go). Jacks brings his listeners into a futuristic existential crisis and takes them on a musical journey that touches all of the senses.
Today New Noise is premiering a video for Paul Jacks’ song “The Hunger” below. It is truly beautiful and endearing and we hope you like it.
“The Hunger,” is a smooth and eerie track that takes us right onto the dance floor as Jacks sings “I feel the hunger tonight / Got my blood to a boil / Will you cure me somehow?/ Before I imitate”
Jacks takes heavy influence from 80’s new wave and goth, along with his personal struggles to craft the album. The first five tracks are set in a “pre-apocalyptic state” as well as keeping the traditional A/B side aspect of a physical record, this being Side A. Jacks touches on lunacy, love, loss, lust, and yearning for so much more through the beginning of the end.
Directed by Eric Power
November 20, 2020
Photo by Paul Jacks.