Dear Jam on Bread, if you’re reading this – I love you. I have always loved you and your little ukelele. And your beard – let us never, ever forget your beard. Anyway, when interviewed, Sparky Deathcap mentioned in his tips for the future that he hopes that Steve ‘Jam on Bread’ Carlton will make some waves with his tracks about Manatees and Labrador Records. ‘He’s a really cool guy’, Sparky managed to say inbetween being told about my comparitive vegetarianism, ‘I really hope he makes a break-through because he deserves it’.
For those unfamiliar with Jam’s work, it’s probably best to start with his twinkling ukelele. His songs are strummed out on the beautiful instrument, and give his songs the vibe of a sickly sea shanty at times, which perfectly compliments his nerdy, personal lyrics. He makes songs that generally feel inspired by a distance from mainstream culture, which might be classed as reading too much into things, but the lyrics are generally quirky and warm and filled with humour. Sample song titles include ‘The pros and cons of having a beard’ and ‘It’s always sunny inside’. It’s the perfect antidote to a world filled with terrible, terrible singer-songwriters yearning their latest break-up over an Argos guitar. He recently released a split CD with Mat Riverie, a song from which can be found below: