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Jack Colwell
Promotional photo distributed by the artist in 2020
Promotional photo distributed by the artist in 2020
Background information
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter
InstrumentsPiano, vocals, guitar
Years active2012–present

Jack Colwell is an Australian singer-songwriter.[1]

Early life

Colwell's mother was a concert pianist.[2] He attended the Sydney Conservatorium of Music High School.

Prior to launching a solo singing career, Colwell worked in various roles in the Australian music industry, including assisting Karen O with her performance of "Stop The Virgens" at the Sydney Opera House in 2012 and arranging vocals for Architecture in Helsinki.[1] He also had a band called Jack Colwell & The Owls.

Career

Colwell attracted attention in August 2015 when Rolling Stone Australia premiered the video for his single "Don't Cry Those Tears".[3]

In late August 2015, he self-released his first solo EP, Only When Flooded Could I Let Go.[4]

In September 2015, Colwell appeared at Newtown Social Club as part of Rolling Stone's "Live Lodge" concert series.[1] In November 2015, Sarah Blasko announced that Colwell would be the main support act on her 2016 Australian tour.[5]

In December 2015, The Guardian premiered Colwell's third music video, "Coat", starring actress Claudia Karvan.[6]

In August 2016, Colwell released When The World Explodes,[7] an EP featuring remixes of songs from Only When Flooded... by HEALTH, Fennesz, Roly Porter, Ash Koosha, Rabit and Marcus Whale.

In October 2016, Colwell played a sold-out hometown show at the Sydney Opera House with a string ensemble.[8]

Swandream

Colwell self-released his debut album, Swandream, in 2020.[9]

Produced by ARIA-winning singer-songwriter Sarah Blasko, Swandream was acclaimed by critics: NME declared it "an utterly visceral listen with immediate impact"[10] while The Guardian said "Colwell and Blasko have built a full-immersion tale that is both theatrical and real."[9]

BrooklynVegan called Swandream "a record loaded with lush, moody ballads and soaring anthems"[11] and Junkee crowned it "the fieriest and most beautiful album of the year so far."[12]

Swandream ranked #5 on NME's '25 Best Australian Albums of 2020' list.[10]

Prior to the album's release, Colwell shared a collaboration with multi-instrumentalist Owen Pallett, "I Will Not Change My Ways".[13] The song, written by Colwell and arranged by Pallett, was recorded in one take while Colwell was in Pallett’s native Toronto. A re-recorded version of the song appeared on Swandream.

A track from the album, "In My Dreams", was remixed by Robin Guthrie of the Cocteau Twins.[11] Guthrie's version appeared alongside remixes by Joel Amey of Wolf Alice and Australian musicians Rainbow Chan and Marcus Whale on the EP Swanlux.[14]

Advocacy

In November 2016, Colwell released the song No Mercy in honour of deceased Australian teenager Tyrone Unsworth.[15]

In September 2017, Colwell programmed and performed at Unity: the Equality Campaign concert at the Enmore Theatre in Sydney with Sarah Blasko, Killing Heidi, The Jezabels and others.[16] Proceeds from the event went to Australian Marriage Equality, a registered charity advocating for the legalisation of same-sex marriage in Australia.[17]

Personal life

He was born three months premature.[6]

Colwell is a noted Tori Amos fan. In 2015, Kill Your Darlings published Colwell's essay Ears with Feet: Life Among the Tori Amos Super Fans.[18] In 2017, Colwell told Double J: "What I love about Tori is that she made the piano cool."[19]

References

  1. ^ a b c Coyte, Matt (11 September 2015). Five Things You Need To Know About Jack Colwell. Rolling Stone Australia. Retrieved 1 March 2016.
  2. ^ Yates, Rod. "Humans Of Music: Jack Colwell". jaxsta.com. Retrieved 22 September 2021.
  3. ^ Nail, Jonny (18 August 2015). Premiere: Jack Colwell "Don't Cry Those Tears." Rolling Stone Australia. Retrieved 1 March 2016.
  4. ^ Jack Colwell – Only When Flooded Could I Let Go. The Music. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  5. ^ Sarah Blasko announces national album tour for Eternal Return | music news | triple j abc.net.au. Retrieved 1 March 2016.
  6. ^ a b Groves, Nancy (10 December 2015). Claudia Karvan murders Jack Colwell in music video for Coat – exclusive premiere. The Guardian. Retrieved 1 March 2016.
  7. ^ Jack Colwell – When The World Explodes. iTunes. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
  8. ^ Valentish, Jenny (17 October 2016). Jack Colwell Bears His Soul at the Sydney Opera House. Moshcam. Retrieved 20 October 2016.
  9. ^ a b Zuel, Bernard (3 June 2020). "Jack Colwell: Swandream review – theatrical, raw songs packed with pain and soaring survival". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 September 2021.
  10. ^ a b "The 25 best Australian albums of 2020". NME. 23 December 2020.
  11. ^ a b "Cocteau Twins' Robin Guthrie remixes Jack Colwell's "In My Dreams" (listen)". BrooklynVegan. Retrieved 21 September 2021.
  12. ^ "Jack Colwell Has Written The Fieriest And Most Beautiful Album Of The Year So Far". Junkee. 5 June 2020. Retrieved 21 September 2021.
  13. ^ "Jack Colwell releases collaboration with Owen Pallett". NME. 11 March 2020. Retrieved 22 September 2021.
  14. ^ "Jack Colwell announces remix EP 'Swanlux'". NME. 10 November 2020. Retrieved 22 September 2021.
  15. ^ Sargent, Chloe (28 November 2016). Jack Colwell Drops Empowering LGBTQ+ Tune In Honour of Tyrone Unsworth. Pedestrian.tv. Retrieved 28 November 2016.
  16. ^ Shanahan, Lucy (13 September 2017). Aussie All-Stars Call For ‘Unity’ at Marriage Equality Concert. Rolling Stone Australia. Retrieved 16 September 2017.
  17. ^ Shaw, Rebecca (6 September 2017). All Ya Faves Are Playing A Huge Gig In Sydney Next Week For The SSM Cause. Pedestrian.tv. Retrieved 16 September 2017.
  18. ^ "Ears with Feet: Life Among the Tori Amos Super Fans". Kill Your Darlings. Retrieved 21 September 2021.
  19. ^ "Tori Amos – The J Files". Double J. 7 September 2017. Retrieved 21 September 2021.