- Words Yazzi Gokcemen
Jed Holland’s new single is an enticing introduction into the next generation of jazz musicians, and his upcoming debut EP.
It may have taken Jed Holland six years to share ‘Shelter’ with the world, but dropping the solo single earlier this month marks a well-timed milestone. The emerging artist’s new release will feature on his debut EP, out early next year, and also signifies his overcoming of self-doubt and destructive perfectionism. Written after Jed left his home in rural Essex, to study Jazz at Leeds Conservatoire, the song “alludes to a common internal conflict…feeling lonely and isolated…fighting to convince myself to go out and see people.”
Processing these fraught emotions and experiences in a recording studio, the music student emerged with soul-stirring melodies, an enticing blend of jazz and indie-folk, and strongly relatable lyrics. The instrumental variety heard on ‘Shelter’ is a testament to Jed’s eclectic musical experience; he started playing violin aged six, before learning the piano and composing his own songs, then at 16 he joined his older brother’s indie band as they signed a record-deal. By the time Jed had finished formal education, he was session playing for the laudable likes of Nix Northwest, ENNY and Lausse the Cat.
Now that he’s discovered the healing power of putting one’s art out into the world, Jed Holland is feeling confident and optimistic. Listening to ‘Shelter’, we are likewise excited for what’s to come.