In today’s age, technology has flooded our lives with content. Caught in the mire are modern musicians who champion an art form that’s more widely distributed than any other throughout human history. And we, more often than not, overlook the music created by unfamiliar faces because it’s challenging. We’d rather have an easy listen, a known quantity to skim through while we think about something else.
Hearing is easy, but listening is difficult. Welcome to “Why We Like It”, where we rebuke the trends in favor of thoughtful analysis and underknown sounds.
“Good” — Jake Isaac
How We Found It
UK singers Jake Isaac and Tertia May sing of what’s good for them in our SubmitHub inbox. The duo provide a soulful duet that melts hearts on “Good.” The song is from Isaac’s upcoming album Honesty that’s planned for an early 2021 release.
Why We Like It
There’s something about duets that just warm my soul and hold me in their embrace as they play out. This is especially true when it’s a man and a woman. Masculine and feminine energies joining forces cradle my heart. There are plenty of duets but only so many can make that impact. When I try to think of some, Nao and Kwab’s “Saturn” come to mind and so does Eric Benét and Tamia’s “Spend My Life With You” as they ease my racing mind. Another song I can add to that esteemed list is Jake Isaac and Tertia May’s “Good”.
“If you knew me you’d know I loved you” are the opening lines sung by Isaac. There’s no instrumental, no chord introduction, no lead in. It’s bare and honest. It sets the tone as the instrumental comes in with lo-fi guitar strings and drums after these words are sung. The instrumental is a score that’s there to amplify the voices involved and luckily, those voices are clear and upfront in their emotional delivery.
I’ve always felt a sense of imposter syndrome in a relationship…almost like if they ever found out I’m rubbish at this whole love thing they’re gonna up and leave me in a heartbeat.” – Jake Isaac for CentralSauce
Isaac sees this love as the clear path and objective for his life because it’s the thing that keeps him good. He’s only good with the one he loves. His fate is in their hands and the hands that take his heart are Tertia May’s. While some duets have voices that contrast in their register but compliment each other, Isaac and May’s vocals are rich, decadent and more similar in tone. They’re vocal souls that come together in such beautiful harmonies that they touch mine.
Isaac says that “Tertia has become like a sister to me, her voice is sublime and I’m a massive fan of her art” and I can hear it. Their musical synergy and chemistry makes the song endearing and appealing. They underline each other’s strengths.
I have a set of songs that are on my wedding playlist (yes I’ve thought about this extensively even though I’m hopelessly single). They’re songs that I want to sing to my significant other as we make that decision to spend the rest of our lives together. It’s not easy to crack that list, but this song has done it.
From Jake Isaac
I wrote the song in the 1st week of lockdown over here in the UK after setting myself the task of tryna write 10 songs over the first few weeks. The only commitment I made to myself concerning the writing process was to be honest. That was it really.
I met Tertia through a mate/artist friend of mine who used to play in my band, Lydia Evangeline…she introduced us and said she thought we’d get on like a house on fire. The rest was history.” – Jake Isaac for CentralSauce
More From Jake Isaac & Tertia May
In terms of music, I recommend Isaac’s previous single “Tomorrow” with The Kingdom Choir that’s from the Things I’ll Tell You Tomorrow. I also recommend the collaborative single “Brother” with Joshua Luke Smith, Bianca Rose, and Guvna B. Tertia’s previous single “Cool Cat” is also a tune. Be on the lookout for both these artists’ future endeavors.
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