"I can't remember when I was last metaphorically "blown away" by a "new" artist. You've succeeded! Absolute gold in those 4 songs! More please!"
Road Sky Girl, Reverbnation
""High Rolling" reminds me of the old British folk guitarists like John Renbourn and Bert Jansch ... a little bit of America's Kottke and a touch of John Fahey. Nice fingerstyle. Smooth.."
Patricia Lynch, Reverbnation
"Take a look at Jake Aaron’s website and you’ll find he calls himself “… a British guitarist, singer songwriter” … accurate though that might be, simply calling Aaron a guitarist and songwriter is a little like calling Warhol a painter … it misses the mark by miles. The complexity engendered by the few songs on his debut EP is dramatic, the lyric-driven images are poetic and powerfully presented by a low-toned, engaging vocal that occasionally moves towards a ‘spoken word’ approach. Add a guitar style that’s both rich and intricate, warmly wrapping itself around the songs and you’re closer to describing this music.
The enigmatic ‘1790’ holds a tender appeal, by contrast ‘Record Player’ makes a hard-as-nails statement that’s difficult to ignore, while the instrumental ‘High Rolling’ allows you time to take in Aaron’s fluid guitar. Although I’m pretty certain that ‘Dalston Kingsland’ is the only song in existence built around a North London Line railway station, it makes its ‘street life’ message clear and true. To round out the EP, Aaron closes with the no-nonsense 'Constitution Blues’.
I enjoyed Aaron’s EP and the unassuming way it lays down its markers of music and lyric. There's certainly a thoughtful songwriter at work here, combining humour and understanding with, when needed an acid sharp wit. Put all that together and that begs for an album to follow."
Tim Carroll - FolkWords
GIVE ME YOUR HORSE
"This next one is a treat. It's something you've probably never heard before and it's extremely rare as a format. It's actually an instrumental single. And like all instrumental singles they are supposed to create a picture in your head, they're supposed to evoke some picture that is true to the music. This one is fun, it's creative, it's written very intelligently, it's played very well by Jake Aaron the guitarist and the band - Steve Lodder on Hammond, Guy Pratt on bass, Marc Parnell on drums, Steve Waterman on trumpet - some of the best players in the UK. It's unusual, it's also gonna put a smile on your face. Think Mariachi, think 1800s, kind of Western, America, Mexico and this will finally seal it for you - the track title - Give Me Your Horse! What a brilliant name!"
Linley Hamilton, BBC Ulster
Jazz World with Linley Hamilton