by Jacobean Ruff

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Our second EP. Genre spanning and emotional, we hope you enjoy it.

Jumbo's Matthew Bradshaw says "If I were to pin down what I like most about J.R. so much I'd say that it's because they create such dramatic energy within such a loose, playfulness...Another Juxtaposition would be a kind of powerful prettiness that permeates their songs. It's an accomplished, sophisticated mini album enhanced by great playing, production, vocals and some mighty impressive ideas..One's to watch and recommended for sure!"


released May 1, 2015

Jacobean Ruff
Ben Powling
Seb Timmis
Stu Wilson
The Weird Choir

Additional Engineers:

Joe Jackson
Johnny Matthews
Ross Hissom

Produced by Jed Timms
Mastered by Pete Maher



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Jacobean Ruff Leeds, UK

Jacobean Ruff have been together only three years but in that time have proved themselves to be a versatile,fascinating and ever-changing band.

Moving through the genres of folk, art rock and alternative with ease, each new release reveals a new side to the band.

Having made waves with their early track 'Family', played on Radio 1, they have now moved into darker territory with 'Sunlight'.
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Track Name: Silver Wave
So full and far away
The teacher's resting place
A lonely roving horde
So sure, grieving, what for?

Cruel forbidding wind
Bears down on us once again
Turns the air to flame
See the brave, breathe it in, and what for?

It doesn't hurt to be alone
You may be tall but not yet fully grown
There'll always be a tone to push your heart into its own

Float on a silver wave
There's no more perfect place
Track Name: Sunlight
There was a time, sunlight meant nothing to me
Free from all the pieces of mind,
Those ones that might not agree

Violent swinging arms to draw curtains,
Speaking loud and long without pause,
The sun it does so nurture but
When channeled through the glass becomes too hot

Leave it in the wind, in the wind
It floats like a living bird against the sheperds' red sky

It struggles with the burden that it gains,
Then lets out one last song before the bloody night
Track Name: Byzantium
Mind soaked in rum
Opposite the blind
There a land we could find

Free from fear where none should be
You will find me 'neath a fruit bearing tree

Precocious youth
Reach for the fruit
The truth evades your hand
It speaks as it lands

The evil is instilled in you;
This you are told and so it must be true

You will find me beneath the tree
Track Name: Without
Comfort me oh heaving wreck
On the lifeboat thrown adrift
I watch the seething water claim
The bones of what it means to live

Slowly drowns the gargling mess
That of wood and metal pipe
And just below the crescent moon
Let loose a flare provide some light

Ever bleak and full of doubt
At once I'm with and then without

Slowly drowns the sizzling light
The ones that reddens rippling waves
It passes 'tween the elements
The ones whose constant war is waged

One moment empty then so full
Yet tragically predictable


Comfort me oh heaving wreck
On the lifeboat thrown adrift
I watch the seething water claim
The bones of what it means to live

So clearly can we see the line
Dividing sea and cloudless sky

If man is the beach
Then his nature be the tide
Track Name: Wild Things
One day i awoke, so still
Sounds around me, louder still
I woke amidst the sea, floating calmingly

One day I awoke, so sure
The sea is where my heart will
Lie forevermore

One day I awoke, so free
Eyelids open, creatures circling around me

One day I awoke, so broken
To jealousy, I want to be bigger than I am
As endless as the ocean

One day I awoke so tired, eyelids open
Sunlight spills onto my body

Moonlit waves
Take me away
To somewhere far
Oh hope is coming for me
Track Name: Entropy
What is it you want
This husk of an ideal
Wherever were its innards
Whenever did you feel

The watery veneer
The tepid washing bowls
The ever sinking windows
To the rinsed and worn out soul

It comes and goes

Facades of quaint composure
A bafflement contained
A fear that must be snuffed out
Or tacitly rearranged

The disillusioned soldier
His windmill arms still turned
By the gale that blows the litter
Into the ears of the alone

It comes and goes

The body lifting hunger
The void that you might fill
Is the shape of a moving paper doll
Held by its hands and heels

The niggling sense of panic
From a sound that might not end
The string is strained so tightly
It will snap if it must bend

It comes and goes

Keep your eyes fixed on the bright light
Let me tell you what to feel
You can call it an injustice
And choke on your next meal

Close your mind to the disaster
Concern yourself with bills
But you won't have to pay at all
You won't suffer but your children will