Jake Huffman: Crafting a Euphoric Realm of Indie Pop Rock
Connecticut’s very own musical virtuoso, Jake Huffman, takes us on a transcendent journey through the realms of indie pop rock, casting his anthemic energy upon a captivated global audience. This multi-talented artist, revered as both lead vocalist and drummer, first made waves as a member of the viral alt-rock sensation, McLovins. However, after embarking on a personal voyage of self-discovery, Huffman emerges as a solo force to be reckoned with, armed with a trove of new music entirely crafted by his own hand.
Huffman’s latest offering, the EP titled “Younger,” stands as an extraordinary testament to his musical prowess and artistic ingenuity. This four-track marvel effortlessly encompasses all the qualities that make a musical experience truly unforgettable. From its infectiously addictive melodies and clever wordplay to its intricate instrumentation, “Younger” leaves an indelible mark. The EP opens with “Martyr,” a song that not only serves as Huffman’s catchiest creation to date but also encapsulates the very essence of his artistic persona, both in its lyrics and sonic landscape.
One cannot overlook the allure of “Vampires In Hippie Clothes,” a composition born from a dream Huffman had, wherein he found himself meandering through a dusty festival campground, reminiscing about the moments he spent in his youth attending and performing at music festivals. The track emanates a profound sense of nostalgia, enveloped in warm and sticky energy, with a hint of reggae influence permeating its core.
Then there’s “Babe,” an eerie, seductive, and fiercely independent pop gem. Huffman fearlessly ventures into uncharted territory, infusing the song with an amalgamation of 80s sci-fi horror and twisted fantasy. Reflecting on this creative experiment, the artist confesses, “Despite the risks we took in crafting this song, I believe it harmoniously blends in with the rest of the tracks.”
Bringing the EP to its grand finale is the extraordinary “Bodytalk,” which seizes the spotlight with its distinctive musical palette described as “what would happen if the Bee Gees found themselves fleeing from a monstrous creature in a Scooby-Doo swamp.” This track gracefully straddles the boundaries of rock, pop, and funk, mesmerizing listeners with its ingenuity. Huffman divulges, “The main monster-like bass sound is actually a cello that I manipulated using various filters and ran through the Soundtoys decapitator. I’ve poured years of writing and refining into these songs, and ‘Bodytalk’ is the one that keeps me coming back. It truly slays in a live performance!”
Huffman’s latest project serves as a magnificent fusion of his diverse musical influences and a lifetime’s worth of experiences. At the tender age of 14, Huffman and his band, McLovins, achieved internet stardom when they posted a YouTube cover of Phish’s “You Enjoy Myself” from the comfort of his parents’ basement in Connecticut. Overnight, the video went viral, igniting a passionate following of fans from around the globe. Since then, Huffman has shared the stage with revered acts such as Blink-182, Foster The People, BB King, and The Flaming Lips.
Praised by revered publications like Rolling Stone, US Weekly, NPR, and esteemed XPN Radio Programming Director and DJ Bruce Warren, Huffman has also captured the attention of acclaimed producer and composer Bill Sherman (known for his work on Hamilton, In The Heights, and Sesame Street) as well as Glee producer Michael Novick. In the world of television, this extraordinary musician has made an indelible mark as a composer and lyricist for Sesame Street, crafting numerous songs for luminaries like Ed Sheeran and Leon Bridges.