Dallasite songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jacob Metcalf has been making music in North Texas for a decade now, from opulent area concert halls and theaters to the most intimate of shows in homes and small spaces. Known for his intricate guitar work, understated lyrics and meditative singing, Metcalf is building a reputation for elaborate live events, sometimes played solo and sometimes joined by a sprawling band.
Highlighting eastern sounds and western orchestra, Metcalf's debut album Fjord (2016) received pleasant responses from the international press community and music lovers alike for its breathtaking collection of art-folk compositions. The songs therein range from wistful, unhurried ballads to swirling, majestic scores, sometimes within the same track, and all set to his inviting vocals and nonlinear storytelling.
In short, Fjord celebrates and mourns our divides. It is a love letter written to humanity, for all splintered people living in a fractured age.
The material for Fjord was pulled from hand-scrawled journal entries written over ten years' time and spanning five continents— Asia, Africa, Europe, North and South America. More recently, Metcalf lived out of his car and inside a four foot crawl space between a vintage store and loft apartments in order to save enough from his day jobs to complete the album. Recorded in Austin, Ft. Worth and Dallas with more than 30 talented musician friends, the singer-songwriter and band approached every nightclub and city street corner as the ideal stage to prep the songs before further dressing up the arrangements in the studio.