myles manley Jagger Manque

Jagger Manqué is the third EP from English-born, Sligo-raised Myles Manley. Based in Dublin, he’s crafted an idiosyncratic slacker singer-songwriter mould. Most singer-songwriters try to get you to empathise with whatever plight is happening to them in any given three-minute track. Manley, over the course of four tracks, delves into isolation, selfishness, anxiety and hints at depression, though all of this could pass you by. At the end of its 13-minute running time, all you might remember is a single line in second track ‘Dog’: It has no g-g-g-genitals.” Manley’s a curious creature – more so than his dog. He’s a box of contradictions, singing on the opener: “I take and take and take and I leave nothing.” On the next, Manley tells us: “I really love that dog… I don’t care for it, it’s not my job.” And on the next track, another shrug of the shoulders acknowledgement: “I would like to go out of my way but old habits die hard.” I think Myles Manley could leave a lot of people cold. If you’re not familiar with the voice it could make you reach for the stop button in an instant – it’s a nasally whine, one which almost proves an endurance test. The music is lofi, bass-heavy in places, and features basic electronics – and a road drill on ‘Old Habits Die Hard’. I like Manley’s DIY, arty approach, and the songs are worth investing your time in. But he makes it hard to really fall for what he’s singing about, it’s hard to empathise. Even when he describes, in his storytelling way: “On the way to the shop or something, I was thinking about a certain someone… this friend of mine loves stepping in shards of glass, I don’t know where exactly to begin.” I don’t really know where to begin with Manley either.

You can buy Myles Manley’s Jagger Manqué EP on Bandcamp for €2 digitally, or get a lyrics poster and the download for €8.