Heart Heavy Folk Pop from Leeds. - Jake Whiskin: Cold Morning
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posted 10 Dec 2021 by Krister Axel
Jake explores the untimely loss of his father with an emotional poise and high level of songcraft that is uncommon for such a young artist.

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Jake Whiskin, a singer-songwriter from Leeds, UK, sums himself up with these words: angsty guy with guitar, obsessed with Tom Petty. "Cold Morning" is the first single from his debut album, and explores the untimely loss of his father with an emotional poise and high level of songcraft that is uncommon for such a young artist. This crushing ballad deftly explores loss, hope, and the passage of time, accompanied by little more than an acoustic piano in a way that recalls the power of David Gray's heart-heavy classic "This Year's Love."

Recorded with Lee Smith (Holly Humberstone / Easy Life), "Cold Morning" is relatable to anyone who finds themselves stuck with the task of processing difficult feelings, and leaves a poignant blueprint to follow in their quest to move on from the loss of a loved one. Previous support for Jake Whiskin includes Radio 1, The Independent, Clash, and Line of Best Fit. A deeply resonant and unique vocal timbre lends "Cold Morning" a stunning sense of catharsis, as we reluctantly acknowledge that all things must fade—in the same breath that we commit quietly to holding certain memories in our hearts forever.

Cold morning, you know I’ve gotta work so hard
You know I’ve got a funny feeling about where you are
Cold morning, those days they feel like years ago
Watching as the rally cars slip off the road

And we wait for the summer, but we brace for the rain
And we try to remember, though we try it always fades
And I’m just getting older, know this feeling won’t unwind
I’m fighting against time - it’s always on my mind

Cold morning, I’ve been trying to find the sun
Living under clouds in August weights a tonne
The days dawning and I know you have to leave
Always feel you with me passing through the trees

And we wait for the summer, but we brace for the rain
And we try to remember, though we try it always fades
And I’m just getting older, know this feeling won’t unwind
I’m fighting against time, I’m fighting against time
It’s always on my mind

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Krister Bjornson Axel

Ogdensburg, New York

Paris, France. Madison, Wisconsin. Los Angeles. Ashland, Oregon. Ottawa. I write music, I write about music, and I write code. See also: photography, prose, podcasting. I have 1 gorgeous wife, 2 amazing kids, and many interests.


Recent Awards: 2020 ND (Photo) Honorable Mention, 2020 Accenti Writing Contest Finalist