The lone figure of Jack O’Rourke hunched over piano keys and moody synths, is one that Irish gig goers are becoming more accustomed to seeing. Whether performing his startlingly honest ballads solo or driving Spectorish rock with his band, Jack's plaintive baritone, ethereal falsetto and piano are core. His songs speak of the human conditional with poetic flair - ( "a nifty lyricist", Tony Clayton Lea ), melodic flair and inventive arrangements. Flattering comparisons have been made to Bowie, Kate Bush, John Grant, Emmylou Harris and The National in his eclectic style - yet Jack has carved his own musical landscape and songwriting voice., more distinctive, with each release.
2017 has been busy as Jack continues to promote his debut album, with more singles to be released, as well as collaborations with electronic duo, FreezerRoom. Writing has begun for his followup and he is currently touring the festival circuit with his band.
Reviews for Dreamcatcher
"This is a seriously good album from a seriously good songwriter. **** " Tony Clayton Lea, The Irish Times
"A powerful Collection" Hotpress
"Musical, coupled with O'Rourke's expressive, supple voice, this makes for a highly accomplished debut" Lauren Murphy, The Culture, The Sunday Times
"Jack O’Rourke’s songs lament, yearn and beg for love both lost and yet to come; shrouding them in shimmering, yet rustic production and nuanced melodies. Emotionally, the songs, coast between the highs and lows and float along everything in between. And isn’t that what life is all about." Danny Kilmartin, Golden Plec
"Dreamcatcher is an album that knows when to swing for the fences, see the bombastic joie de vivre of the baroque-pop masterpiece ‘Naivety’ or the fun fuzz-laden nod of the head to Bowie ‘Iggy’, and to opt for a more nuanced restrained sound, look to the weighty strings and pensive piano of ‘Silence’. 9/10", Stephen White, The Last Mixed Tape
"O’Rourke has produced a remarkably introspective compilation here." Pure M