Rising Irish star EMBRZ (Jack Casey) is pleased to announce details of his brand new futuristic ballad ‘Close 2 U’ featuring Aussie newcomer Harvie out now via Ultra Music. ‘Close 2 U’ follows on from Jack’s much lauded ‘Progress’ EP released last year and draws on his early influences to create an emotionally beautiful pop record.
Jack details the track: “When I wrote ‘Close 2 U’, I really wanted to channel that old EMBRZ sound. Some of my first ever releases, ‘Slow Down’ & “Make Your Way’ are still really special to me, and I wanted to try capture the same feelings I had when I wrote those songs. I feel like I’m in a really happy place writing-wise. It’s important to challenge yourself and try out other styles, but I always find myself going back to writing emotional and nostalgic music. The music I first started out on.”
‘Close 2 U’ is a breathtakingly emotive record, sees Jack effortlessly drawing on electronic, jazz and ambient influences resulting in a truly immersive soundscape. Juxtaposing themes of hope and loss over powerful, melodic rhythms.
Listen to ‘Close 2 U’ – BELOW:
Over the few short years that Jack has been producing music as EMBRZ, he’s notched up an impressive tally of achievements, remixing Ellie Goulding’s “How Long Will I Love You” (currently on over 6.6 million plays) in 2013 and then The 1975’s “Settle Down” (currently on 3 million) the following year. Continuing that run, last year Jack turned out a stunning, blissful remix of Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Run Away With Me” – a remix so good her label couldn’t say yes fast enough and which ultimately became the official remix for the track. Since then, he’s been uploading a steady stream of tracks and Hype Machine #1’s, including well-received cuts like “Home”, “Lights” and then “Breathe” last year.
EMBRZ is playing the Ultra Music SXSW showcase on 15th March today.