Passage to Agadir
Characterized by Indie Music Digest as 'a compelling musical journey,' Jack Jeffery's debut album is an aural journey transporting the listener on a trip through ambient, psychedelic, electronic, acoustic, and folk rock soundscapes. 'This release is far more complex than a casual listen provides. . . . [A]n excellent release, full of heart, art and gorgeous amounts of genius from finish back to start. . . . One truly should listen multiple times to experience the full impact and near 'sacredness' of this art.' -- Heroes of Indie Music '[Jack Jeffery's] music doesn't fit into just one category but to describe it best would just to say it's good. . . . I genuinely enjoy music that's as mind blowing as this record. . . . There is nothing wrong with a little exploration of ones mind-scape. There is only one way to unleash the euphoria inside - and Jack Jeffery knows exactly how to do that.' -- Leftovercake.com 'Hearing this band brings you closer to the feeling that your parents all got when they heard Pink Floyd for the first time or when The Beatles started doing their psychedelic stuff, and they had never heard such music before and it was almost like it was from another planet . . . .' -- Musicsheblogged.com '[Jack Jeffery's] music is compelling, deep & full of emotion. I highly recommend checking out his work. It is very well done instrumentally. Anyways worth checking out.' -- The Daily Consciousness 'The most pleasant surprise on the album was Interstellar Echoes on the Dark Side. . . . While there are elements of One of These Days and Welcome to the Machine scattered about, Interstellar Echoes stood on it's own. Jeffery took the pieces (ringing washes of synth, a wail of guitar, and a solid groove) and gave it more of a sequenced, electronic vibe. This modernized the feel. The song evolves like a cyborg, organic touches on electron bones, before a surprising return to the start.' -- Jester Jay Music Blog 'A fantastic 'compelling musical journey' . . . indeed! The arrangements are always tasteful, playing and recording are excellent. I especially like the occasional Gilmour-like guitar playing . . . .' -- Homemade Lofi Psych Blog 'It's a difficult thing, to record an album that straddles a number of different styles and still somehow make it a cohesive effort. Pink Floyd, back in the day, were masters of this, effortlessly sliding from strummy acoustic sing-a-longs, to gritty rockers, to ambient space journeys while always somehow managing to sound like Pink Floyd. Jack Jeffery is one of these artists who can pull it off . . . . His songs ring out with the passion he has for both his influences and his own music. . . . Jeffery is not just a good singer-songwriter. He's more adventurous than that . . . . At least half of Passage to Agadir consists of more experimental explorations, from the aforementioned title track to the weird, hallucinatory Where's the Ambient Jam? to the raw, folksy thunder of Acoustic Mojo. Jeffery even gets his freak on for the excellent, eerie psych rocker Mind Horizon.' -- Aural Innovations '[Passage to Agadir] is a great album all around and one that sticks with you after first hearing it.' -- Music Box Pete Blog 'The album begins with two slow and pleasant rock pieces "Whiskey Burns" and the softer and more atmospheric "You've Lost Tomorrow". Jack has a pretty good voice and he write nice songs. "Passage to Agadir" is a synth-driven, quite psychedelic, dark ambient piece that also has some spoken word samples. Not bad! The fresh "Misty Morning" is a great acoustic folk song that I like a lot. . . . [O]ne of album's best pieces: the floating and hazy "Mind Horizon" that also possibly has the most psychedelic atmosphere. The 80's Kraftwerk influences are freed on the electronically pulsating sequencer-driven piece "Overture for Galaxies and Stars". During it's highlights Passage to Agadir works very well . . . .' -- Psychotropic Zone 'The most poignant moment on the album is 'Misty Morning.' Jack's voice has a haunting and hollowed incandescent quality to it. The lyrical strokes are equal in beauty to the colorful melody, held together by crystalline acoustic guitars. . . . Passage to Agadir is an artist's journey into his own mind. . . . Fans of late 80's Pink Floyd (e.g. Momentary Lapse of Reason circa 1987) will really enjoy Jack's ambient experiments and guitar-driven psychedelic rock.' -- Mike Morgan '[Passage to Agadir] is actually a pretty solid psychedelic rock album with a lot of classic influences.' -- DecoyMusic.com 'While the music flows [it] is possible to perceive echoes of the Beatles, Velvet Underground, Incredible String Band, Hawkwind, but Alan Parsons Project, Porcupine Tree and Piers Faccini, in a series of eclectic songs . . . .' Arlequins.it ''Auf Wiedersehen' is a less barren take on Kratfwerks' electronica that lifts the mood of the album well, while 'Interstellar Echoes On The Dark Side' obviously takes it's cue from Pink Floyd. The ambient atmospheres and gloriously infectious wiggling bass line really does an excellent job of recreating the smooth, yet winding wash that Floyd revelled in like no band before or since and while it would be an exaggeration to suggest that Jeffery matches Pink and the boys, he does come pretty close. When you take into account that this is Jeffery's first effort and that he plays, writes and produces all of these songs by himself, the results are reasonably impressive and repeated plays do reveal more of the songs intricacies.' -- Sea of Tranquility.org 'The Guy's a Musical Genius! . . . Jack Jeffery's album 'Passage To Agadir' has been like a soulful, enchanting journey that makes you so engrossed right till the end! Jack Jeffery is a very original, fabulous musician and definitely, this album is worth a listen, especially for all the Pink Floyd fans out there!' -- The Greatest In Rock ''Passage to Agadir' brings 13 tracks, surpassing one hour in duration. The title track is an instrumental piece that evokes images of a desolate desert, reminding me very much of the ambient sounds of 'Brian Eno' and the minimalism of 'Philip Glass'. The best tracks are those that summon the psychedelic-electronic-ambient tripod of the 'Floyd-Parsons-Eno' universe. On 'Mind Horizon', for instance, a robotized voice gets lost on the infinite horizons of psychedelic effects. On the space-rock 'Interstellar Echoes on the Dark Side' - a 10-minute long epic piece - the psychedelic bass akin "Roger Waters'" join forces with the echoing keyboards like "Brian Eno" to serve as a base for "Parsonian" electronic revolutions and space guitars solos in the style of 'David Gilmour'. 'Overture for Galaxies and Stars' is an instrumental Progressive track that makes use of diverse keyboard textures and that efficiently blends the high spirit of Symphonic music with the Electronic music of 'Parsons', 'No Man', 'Tangerine Dream', and 'Kraftwerk'. But my favorite tracks are those that blend large amounts of "Pink Floyd" with a lesser quantity of folk guitars in the style of "The Moody Blues", like the initial tracks 'Whiskey Burns'; 'You've Lost Tomorrow' (this one having beautiful harmony vocals); and the magical 'Misty Morning'. . . . Overall, 'Passage to Agadir' is a consistent work that reveals a self-confident musician and composer who has the ability to trail diverse musical lines. Jack Jeffery is highly recommended for fans of 'Pink Floyd', 'Alan Parsons', 'Brian Eno', 'No Man', 'NoSound', 'Sigur Rós', 'The Moody Blues', and so on . . . .' -- Progressiverock.br ''Passage to Agadir' is a rather well-made ambient electronic creation not too dissimilar to Hawkwind's dreamier escapades and is by far the best and most intriguing composition. The folk-tinged piece Misty Morning is a nice effort; the epic length heavily Pink Floyd-inspired Interstellar Echoes on the Dark Side is another number many will find to be an interesting experience too, with a hypnotic playful bass line as the most central detail, and the triple banjo, acoustic guitar and downmixed dampened funky guitar licks that form the foundation of the following Parsonian Segue work pretty well, blended with the slowly surging space-tinged synth textures that take brief pauses to add in some nice saxophone soloing.' -- Progressor.net.