Washington DC-based singer-songwriter Jacob Bennett is back with his sophomore EP, “Heathen.” The folk-rock artist’s new album features 12 new songs that illustrate Bennett’s musings and anecdotes about reliving the past and old flames.
Bennett has been releasing folk-rock music since the COVID-19 pandemic; he released his first EP “Jacob Bennett” in 2020 and his newer single “Downer” in 2021.
“Heathen” is a grungier take on the acoustic singer-songwriter genre; along with the likes of Elliot Smith, Nick Drake, and Neutral Milk Hotel, Jacob Bennett seems to focus on complex guitar riffs and excellent lyrics. Comparatively, “Heathen” feels a bit more stripped-down and authentic than the rest of Bennett’s discography. The album is filled with personal experiences and heartfelt strumming that pulls on the heartstrings.
The title track is the perfect representative for Bennett’s chosen genre. “Heathen” is a moving, nostalgic track about wanting to change the past: “Said you saw the beauty in my eyes. Was it just your reflection? Something you needed at the time.” “Fountain of Youth” is another song that implores the listener to step into Bennett’s mind as he talks to a loved one coming back to him.
Margaret Adams is a Psychology major and Rhetoric and Writing minor at The Catholic University of America from New Orleans, Louisiana. In addition to her work with Alchemical, she writes for CUA’s student newspaper, The Tower, and has recently been named Quill Editor. She enjoys reading, writing, and looking at pictures of her dog, Bella.
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