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Jarrod Gorbel debuts “Ten Years Older” video

Former Honorary Title front man Jarrod Gorbel has released the music video for the track “Ten Years Older.” Directed by Blake Behnam and Nic Hill and shot in Los Angeles, the video is a near perfect visual accompaniment to the song described by Gorbel as;

…the passing of time, the sudden realization and reflection on your past. It’s also based off a lot of people close to me and their downward spiral. The directors had done other music videos and documentary work that I liked. And we all came to the table with some ideas of what we wanted this video to portray. After a bit of back and forth, we decided to juxtapose the free lives of the young with the constrained dark lives of the old and marry them somehow. It became a depiction of the old not giving in, not throwing in the towel and re-embracing life. We wanted this video to evoke a feeling while hearing the song more than tell a specific narrative.”

Go and give your grandparents a call. The song comes from Gorbel’s recently released, and splendidly terrific, debut full length Devil’s Made a New Friend.

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Review: Jarrod Gorbel – Devil’s Made a New Friend

Like the early morning rays peering through the cracks at dawn, there is an intangible quality to Jarrod Gorbel’s voice. It is like an awakening, a vast serenity that evokes an almost immeasurable amount of contrasting emotions. His voice is as moving (and sometimes more so) as any music can be; but is as comforting as a well-liked old friend. It shakes and shimmers, cracks, and echoes as it paints from an aural palette of beautifully written Americana. It leaves an indelible mark on his craft and it always has, from the earliest of his material under the Honorary Title moniker, to his brand new solo material, Gorbel’s voice is the silhouette in which all his art is cast in.

Devil’s Made a New Friend could have easily been the follow up to Scream And Light Up The Sky, yet it doesn’t aim to be. It’s not as urgent as the last few Honorary Title albums, but boasts far more vivid textures. The songs take their cue from the topics that have always fuelled his storytelling; personal growth and pain, love and loss, and the understanding of life as you travel down beaten paths and cobblestoned roads through big cities and small towns. But there seems to be a great deal more patience here. There are more string accompaniments, lush keys and floaty riffs; products of more refined songwriting searching for a wider acceptance.

From the opening “Extraordinary” to the single “I’ll Do Better”, it is clear there exists a certain calmness to the material. Fit for Sunday afternoons and lazy evenings, the territory covered topically is often more of a desperate nature. A twinge of sadness and melancholia that is both beautiful and moving. In the aforementioned single, he sings with strange perfection white flag notions of personal acceptance; “Taking me forever to accept this weakness / That I’ve been defeated / I need help, I need you”.

The reworked (full band) version of the previously released “Ten Years Older” (from the terrific EP of the same name) gets a more layered treatment here. The acoustic version was the EP’s most harrowing song- a look at life some ten years down the road where the protagonist discovers that it has in many aspects, passed him by. The percussions and added guitars have given it in a little more depth, but it doesn’t change the emotional pull of the song. When Gorbel sings, with great conviction; “One day you woke up ten years older / Taken prisoner like a soldier / You left your home for what seemed noble / Give anything to do it over”, there is an immediate connection to it. It feels a lot like the possibilities of life stunted by its unpredictable path of choices, addiction, and circumstance.

There are luscious “oohs and aahs” here and there (in “Need For Control”) and there is a slight smoky lounge (dare say, at times baroque-ish in its simplicity) sheen to “Take Me” that comes across as a meeting between The High Llamas and Dean Wareham & Britta Phillips. But it all comes through with ample grace.

Produced by Blake Sennett (of Rilo Kiley fame), Devil’s Made a New Friend is a very assured debut. His music has always worked on a very straightforward acoustic pedestal- buoyed of course by that inescapable voice. The work here however, is his attempt to make the sound distinctly more palatable (in a good way). It is every bit soul-infused serenade as it is a beautiful pop record. It is perhaps Gorbel’s finest outing to date and the comfort found here is quintessential Americana. Recommended, highly.

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Jarrod Gorbel – I’ll Do Better (from the album Devil’s Made a New Friend)


Jarrod Gorbel offers Ten Years Older for free

With less than a week away from the release of his anticipated solo album, Devil’s Made a New Friend, Jarrod Gorbel is offering up his terrific EP Ten Years Older for FREE. The former Honorary Title front man will soon hit the road all across North America to support the album, playing shows alongside fun, Steel Train and… Hanson.

The EP is absolutely terrific, a natural continuation of his material penned under the Honorary Title moniker. Most notable of the bunch is the title track, a reflective melancholy take on life after you’ve hit a certain point.

You can grab the EP right here after signing up for his email list. You’ll also get a track from his upcoming album, due out next Tuesday.

His tour dates are as following:

Aug 31 – Knitting Factory, (Record Release Show) Brooklyn, NY
Sept 1 – Valentine’s,  (Record Release Show) Albany, NY
Sept 12 – Great Scott,  Allston, Ma
Sept 25 – Wine Amplified Festival,  Las Vegas, NV
Sept 29 – Higher Ground, Burlington, VT *
Oct 1 – World Cafe,  Philadelphia, PA *
Oct 2 – Mr Smalls,  Pittsburgh, PA *
Oct 3 – Grog Shop,  Cleveland, OH *
Oct 5 – The Basement,  Columbus, OH *
Oct 6 – Bricktown,  Oxford, OH *
Oct 7 – Intersection,  Grand Rapids, MI *
Oct 8 – Firebird,  St Louis, MO *
Oct 9 – House of Blues,  Chicago, IL *
Oct 10 – Varsity Theater,  Minneapolis, MN *
Oct 12 – People’s Court,  Des Moines, IA *
Oct 13 – Blue Moose,   Iowa City, IA *
Oct 14 – Bottleneck,  Lawrence, KS *
Oct 15 – The Fox,   Boulder, CO *
Oct 16 – Club Sound, Salt Lake City, UT *
Oct 21 – Media Club,  Vancouver, BC *
Oct 22 – El Corozon,  Seattle, WA *
Oct 23 – Hawthorne Theater,  Portland, OR *
Oct 26 – Starline,   Fresno, CA *
Oct 27 – Great American Music Hall,   San Francisco, CA *
Oct 28 – Music Box at The Fonda,  Los Angeles, CA *
Oct 30 – The Nile Theater,   Phoenix, AZ *
Nov 1 – House Of Blues,  Dallas, TX !
Nov 2 – Antones,  Austin, TX !
Nov 3 – House of Blues,  Houston, TX !
Nov 5 – State Theater,  St. Petersburg, FL !
Nov 6 – Revolution,  Ft. Lauderdale, FL !
Nov 10 – Variety Theater,  Atlanta, GA !
Nov 12 – Amos’ Southend,  Charlotte, NC !
Nov 13 – Sonar,  Baltimore, MD !
Nov 14 – State Theater,  Falls Church, VA !
Nov 15 – Calvin Theater,  Northampton, MA !
Nov 20 – The Dome at Oakdale,  Wallingford, CT !
Nov 23 – Guvernment,  Toronto, ONT !
Dec 8 – Univ. Of Wisconsin Madison, Wi w/ To Write Love On Her Arms Speakers
* w/ fun. and Steel Train
! w/ Hanson