*quick moral of the following story* if you aren’t sure who a feature artist is, LOOK THEM UP, because they may just turn out to be fantastic.
I was giving Lorraine Motel a millionth-time listen and realized I had no idea who the artist featured on two tracks of Kyleon’s 2017 record was. Luckily for me, Spotify links everything where applicable and I easily pulled up Jack Freeman’s discography. His artist profile shows what looks to be four solid projects dating back to 2002, interestingly there were 12 years between the first two. Weird right? I thought so too. Turns out the first set of tracks aren’t even by the Jack Freeman I’m presenting you with today.
Jack Freeman is an R&B artist out of Houston whose soulful performances deserve a much bigger audience than what social media is gracing him with. What’s interesting is that Freeman is almost a ghost on the internet. He has had minimal attention and his music is hard to find. For an artist that has released three albums to spotify, I’m not sure if I find this concerning or unfortunate. Because it’s been difficult to find information about Freeman, I’m going to go directly off of his music I can find.
Spotless Mind: Side A was released in 2015 and is a 7-track EP, filled with funkish/soul/sexy ballads. Each track is carefully intertwined with the next to show the push and pulls of epic love between two people. From Lay With You to 50 First Dates, Freeman projects thoughts surrounding physical and emotional strengths to keep a relationship alive, by putting our hands on each other or starting over and falling in love once more.
The sequel, Spotless Mind: Side B opens with Spanish influenced instrumentals that I would assume sound incredible live. Similar to Side A, each track discusses the revolving door of a relationship. In Carousel, Freeman and his featured artist Delorean lyrically present the exhaustion surrounding breaking up and getting back together, having great sex then breaking up, and vice versa. This EP also introduces a stranger interaction about a woman who doesn’t understand what a good man is, and Jack introducing himself to her in tracks like Passing You By and Nobody.
Overall, both records are lyrically beautiful, however I think Jack Freeman would be better to listen to live, so you can feel the music as he sings and get a fuller experience. I can picture him having a house band supporting carefully executed blend of notes during every song, just as others like Aloe Blacc or Anderson Pakk utilize. Recently, Freeman has performed in Houston and New Orleans, so hopefully he’ll make his up 290 and come play in Austin, but until then I’ll patiently listen to him through my headphones.
Listen to other projects Jack has been apart of through Soundcloud here: Jack Freeman Music