South Africa, or at least Cape Town, has been suffering from a bout of cold, miserable, and wet weather in the past week. This is a regular occurrence during winter, but one that still manages to depress our spirits when we’re all craving some sun. It is difficult to be our laid-back selves when you’re focusing on ensuring that you don’t suffer from hypothermia while trying to copy down notes regarding the human endocrine system – oh the joys of high school.
Jeremy Loops drops another single from his stellar debut Trading Change with impeccable timing. Somehow he knew that the spirits of South Africans would require raising during this rather miserable time, so he goes ahead and releases yet another upbeat song to beat away at the winter blues. I covered “Skinny Blues” briefly in my review of Trading Change earlier this year, but I thought that the song deserves more merit than a brief mention.
If you could take the very thing that happiness is made of and put it into musical form, you would have Jeremy Loops’s music. Don’t let the name “Skinny Blues” fool you, there is nothing blue or melancholic about this song. It is instead an upbeat musing on the end of a relationship. Where most singers would get all weepy and emo over a failed relationship, Loops instead approaches it with a happy disposition and accepts it for what it is while putting a positive spin on it with the lyric of “I want to lie down with my skinny blues”.
There is an irresistible beauty and catchiness to Loops’s music. You will find yourself singing along to “Skinny Blues” after the first few listens due to the simplistic nature of the song. It helps to be armed with an acoustic guitar and a loop pedal because nine out of ten times, your music will come out being simple, yet amazing. You will be treated to an “underground acoustic romance” when you listen to this song, and any other song of his. I doff my cap to you once again, Mr Loops.