At the heart of Jacob Gurevitsch's latest album is a desire for collaboration, and with Spanish Grammy nominated singer
Buika, and Danish chanteuse Alice Carreiri at the helm, the Danish guitarist delivers, with his third album Yellow Spaceship.
Rich in cross cultural flows, dipping into flamenco and bolero, jazz and with flourishes of Italian and French soundtrack motifs, Jacob
has laced together 10 sublime tracks whilst unleashing his impressive Spanish guitar skills, a craft which begun in his late twenties,
complimenting his soul, jazz and funk grounding, instilled as a young, gigging guitarist.
Phenomenally, Jacob has built a mammoth fanbase online with his streaming track counter reading at over 100 million in part due to
the roaring success of his previous long player, Lovers in Paris, also released on Danish label, Music for Dreams. It was back in 2014
when his title track from said album was remixed without permission and gained large traction on the radio dials in Ibiza that
kickstarted an association with the vibe of Ibiza and chill out music whilst picking up a legion of DJ fans like the legendary Ibizan DJ
Alfredo. His second album In Search of Lost Time came out in September 2019, further stripped back and acoustic than his prior and
that paved the way for Yellow Spaceship.
Residing in Copenhagen, Jacob has a litany of cultural paths that have led him back to Denmark, having travelled plenty and spent
much time living and learning in both Buenos Aires and Rio De Janeiro. The bulk of the recordings on Yellow Spaceship took place in
Denmark but Jacob's creative hideout in Palma, Mallorca has been integral to his songwriting process. And it is Majorca where Buika,
the flamenco singer with attitude who takes the vocal reins in Melancol a, originally comes from. The song drips with emotion, an
exploration of love and beauty and a recourse for painful times. Danes are known for their tendency towards melancholy, although
here, the grey Nordic despondency makes way for a kind of poetic wallowing that compliments the Spanish guitar and singing. The
song also represents a massive turning point in Jacob's life after a great friend passed, a movement in which appreciation of people
and things became the key to life. It was at the funeral of his friend he heard a perfectly poetic make-believe about how his beloved
pal had taken off into the sky in a 'Yellow Spaceship' with an errand to spread his charisma.
Jacob was drawn to the Spanish guitar during his late twenties and found himself playing bolero, a nineteenth century Cuban voice
and guitar tradition. He began practising on nylon strings two hours a day, his first committed training since his student days at the
Conservatoire in Copenhagen. Whilst he is at pains to make clear that he does not play flamenco it is the minor sounds he is most
fond of and no surprise that the most common chord within the flamenco songbook is A.minor.
Other collaborations featured include his renewed musical match with singer and fellow Dane and friend Mark Linn on Breathe, where
a familiar Spanish guitar billows along a slow jazz beat accompanied by a coiling violin and the smokey, honey drenched vocals. On Le
Ville, Alice Carreri and Jacob serenade each other on the banks of the Seine (in truth, the Nyhavn on Copenhagen's urban shores).
Alice is a long time member and performer in Copehagen's Don Gnu performance collective. Song for Sol is dedicated to Jacob's
goddaughter Sol, written in Mallorca on the day of her 10th birthday and features Lars Vissing on trumpet. And to Finus, replete with
orchestral pastures, it is the track named after Jacob's grandfather whom looking back during these turbulent recent years, he sees
as a creative catharsis to Jacob Gurevitch the musician, an incredible support.
Jacob recently teamed up with Turkish electronic explorers Islandman as part of their new album and there is a tour, finally, in the
midst which promises to see Jacob in cultural centres across Europe, or perhaps if you're lucky, in a sea facing lounge watching the
sun slowly set across the Mediterranean.