Jake Bugg’s 2nd album, Shangri La, was met with mixed reviews in 2013. Personally, I wasn’t a fan, liking two songs at the most and had kind of given up on him despite his brilliant self-titled debut in 2012. I no longer had the bug for Bugg so to speak. Three years later and Clifton’s very own mini-Gallagher has released a new song and that aforementioned bug that I’d lost…it’s starting to surface again. Slowly.
There’s no denying that Bugg has always been influenced by the sound of the blues and it’s showcased more than ever on, On My One with the self-analysing lyrics. Looking at life on the road and the loneliness this creates, Bugg misses his humble beginnings as he realises he’s “just a poor boy from Nottingham, I had my dreams but in this world they are gone” due to being on the road for “three years now”. It sounds like he’s reading from a mid-noughties emo teenagers diary in parts but the emotion shines through nonetheless and once you get past this self-pitying, woe is me malarkey, you start to feel a bit sorry for the lad.
Bugg is currently working on his 3rd album and has hinted at a more dark sound. Well, if by dark he means moody and depressing then he’s hit the proverbial nail on the head. I can’t work out if this is an official single or just a filler so people don’t forget about him but at just over two minutes in length, it makes for a surprising single choice.
Jake, we had start to forget about you to be honest but now we know you’re still here, our ears are at the ready for the new album. Just cheer up a bit mate yeah? Chin up and all that.
Words by Robert Smith(@robertmsmith)