Winnipeg songwriter JayWood (aka Jeremy Haywood-Smith), announces his debut EP, Some Days, out April 23 and signing to Captured Tracks. Along with the announcement, Jaywood shares the first single/video ‘Some Days’ via KEXP. Read KEXP’s interview + ‘Some Days’ premiere here.
JayWood on Some Days: “It’s been really nice reconnecting with a younger version of myself through this EP, I hope he’s stoked.”
JayWood is the pseudonymous indie-alternative project of Jeremy Haywood-Smith from Winnipeg, Manitoba. What started as a bedroom recording project of sad jangle-pop songs, evolved into the psych-funk approach present on JayWood’s latest effort, Some Days – his debut release on Captured Tracks.
Written and originally recorded in 2015, the EP Some Days was born of a time of compounding transitions in Haywood-Smith’s life. The end of a long-term relationship, a shift in social circles, and an impending move found Haywood-Smith grappling with self-identity. It also presented the rare moment of a fresh start. Taking cues from his favorite DIY artists, he channeled his anxieties into songwriting, trying his hand at self-recording using just a guitar, a midi-controller, and a borrowed MacBook. “I had to write the EP and learn how to record at the same time, which you can definitely hear in the original recordings. The songs were kinda messy, but I just went with the first ideas that came to mind. I made a rule for myself not to go back on anything, because I didn’t have the time to tweak around.”