Resist The Urge To Play Air Trumpet While You Check Out The Toe-Tappin’ New Single From Dallas Indie Folk Favorite Jacob Metcalf.
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Jacob Metcalf — “Run the Other Way”
RIYL: tapping your foot as you jam out on some air trumpet.
What Else You Should Know: For close to a decade at this point, singer/multi-instrumentalist Jacob Metcalf has been a fixture in the Dallas indie folk scene, be it as a member of the Fox & The Bird collective or through the release of his first solo album, Fjord, back in 2016.
Next year, he has plans to release another solo LP, but first he’s offering audiences a taste of what’s potential to come through a two-song compilation — a single and a B-side, basically — that he’s calling Strawberry Summer. We’re stoked to present an exclusive premiere of the single, called “Run The Other Way,” here in this space.
A quick little ditty that runs a little over two and a half minutes long, the acoustic-driven “Run The Other Way” is built around a pulse of a strong-and-simple bass drum beat, some delightful keyboards and dreamy guitars. Perhaps best of all, there’s a wonderful little trumpet part near the song’s conclusion.
Metcalf says he likes to write honest songs, and this certainly fits that bill. The production here is very lively, sounding like the song was cut all at once in a spacious room with the microphones left on to pick up the room’s echo-y ambiance.
Imagine if you will, songwriter Richard Hawley (Pulp, Manic Street Preachers), collaborating with Calexico on a tune. “Run the Other Way” is a close idea to that, blending traditional country, early rock n’ roll mixes and Southwestern folk into its package.
Wanna hear if Metcalf can pull it off in a live setting? Take a long lunch next Friday, July 12, and catch him in the lobby of the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center.
Feel free to stomp and clap along.
Cover photo by Hilly Holsonback.