Today’s Song: Manchester’s Jack Curley Navigates Heartbreak with “Down”

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Manchester’s Jack Curley navigates the confusion that comes with Heartbreak in “Down,” the first track off of his new EP, ‘Tomorrow’.
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Sometimes a breakup can last days, months or years even. It’s that back and forth of feelings still being felt and messages still being sent. It’s knowing it’s over, but now wanting to let it go. Manchester-based singer/songwriter Jack Curley wraps that whirlwind into a song with his delicate, heartfelt “Down,” taken from his recently-released debut EP Tomorrow.

Tomorrow EP - Jack Curley

Tomorrow EP – Jack Curley

In his words, “‘Down’ was a different process to the other tracks, I had written the chorus years ago, when I was about 15. I was in the studio last year in Germany, it was 1am and my mate Rene showed up, we started writing in the kitchen around the chorus and the track came together – it’s about breaking up with someone but remaining friends and that not really working, confusing messages.”

Starting immediately with simple, deep acoustic guitar licks and Curley’s delicate, earnest voice — similar to a James Bay or Damien Rice — the first verse beings,

You know they say a heartbreak’s bittersweet
I’m still so enamoured by the way you look at me
Don’t get me wrong, I like that we still are friends
But it upsets me how you joke about the end

The rasp and controlled shake in his vocals makes us take in the first chorus for all that it is,

So don’t you, don’t you look back there unless you cry
I wanna see you in the love in which we lie
So don’t you, don’t you look back there unless you cry
I wanna see you in the love in which we lie



A low beat is introduced in verse two, bringing a slight pick-up and a slight energy shift,

Are you tryna hide that you’re down
About our love? ‘Cause I can see it in your frown
The way you turn your head so frequently
Staring deep into my eyes while yours just bleed

The energy of the song continues to build as you can hear the frustration and confusion in Curley’s words and vocals come through,

Oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh
The love in which we lie

Curley’s vocals run free with gorgeous falsettos and angsty rasp bringing this song to its ending. Jack Curley’s “Down,” the first track off of his EP Tomorrow is just the start of a heartbreak, heartthrob journey that is as delicious as it is peaceful. Take a listen – we can’t wait to hear more from Curley.

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Kelly has been with Atwood since its earliest days in 2014. She is originally from Pittsburgh, PA, now based in New Orleans, LA and has been singing, writing, playing guitar and piano for almost all of her life. Music drives everything she does. She brings her unique perspective with each piece, always open to discovering something or someone new.