Week Ender – Jeremy Nathan

The Omega to the Week Starter Alpha, Week Ender is the song we want to send you into the weekend with.

We typically send you into the weekend with an upbeat number, the kind of thing to put swag in your step and some muscle in your hustle, but this week we take a different tact. “Secondhand Smoke” by Jeremy Nathan is not a party jam, it is a making questionable decisions at last call jam and a lovely one at that. There’s a hint of Melvern Taylor here, both melodically and in the presentation of hard luck lyrics in a self knowing and charming way, and that’s a bit of songwriting magic that we will always welcome. Nathan has the lightest of touch on this one, both vocally and arrangement wise, and it’s that simplicity and restraint that allow the plainspoken brilliance of the lyrics to shine through. Simply put, this is a perfect song, one neither propped up nor ruined by over the top production or histrionic vocals, and it is that simple perfection we want to send you into the weekend with.

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