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Released: 2024

Label: Decca (UMO)

Featuring: Brandi Carlile, Lindsey Lomis, Lawrence, Michael McDonald, Madison Cunningham, Chris Thile, Anoushka Shankar, Varijashree Venugopal, Camilo, Shawn Mendes, Stormzy, Kirk Franklin, Lizzy McAlpine, John Mayer, John Legend, Tori Kelly, aespa, Chris Martin, D Smoke, Sho Madjozi, Yelle, Kanyi Mavi, CHIKA, Metropole Orkest, Suzie Collier, Steve Vai, VOCES8

Jacob Collier, the androgynous wunderkind of pop music, has consistently pushed the envelope with his audacious negotiations with harmony and rhythm. His latest creation, ‘Djesse Vol. 4’, is a mesmerising voyage into the heart of his sonic universe – a kaleidoscopic emporium of layered textures and intricate polyrhythms. This album enlist a diverse array of collaborators, from the silken vocal sheets of Brandi Carlile on ‘Little Blue’ to the infectious grooves of Lawrence & Michael McDonald’s contributions in ‘Wherever I Go’.

Collier weaves a symphony of sentiments within his intricate lyrical tapestry, making this album an auditory feast for the discerning listener. The tracks are not just songs; they are stories encapsulated within the intimate folds of melody and rhythm. From the heartfelt rendition of Paul Simon’s classic ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ featuring the vocal prowess of both John Legend and Tori Kelly, to the pop-tinged edges of ‘Witness Me’ which sees Shawn Mendes, Stormzy & Kirk Franklin joining forces, ‘Djesse Vol. 4’ is packed with narrative depth and creative audacity.

So let’s get into it. From ‘100,000 Voices’ to ‘World O World’, here are the Delve into the Lyrics on ‘Djesse Vol. 4’ album by ‘Jacob Collier’.

1 100,000 Voices

With Jacob Collier’s vocal voyage exploring intense themes of loss and longing. With lyrics like “And I know what it feels like / To be somebody, oh-oh, whoa-whoa / Now, I know what it feels like (yeah) / To let somebody go,” Collier presents a raw emotional dialogue, his layered harmonies echoing the sentiment of universal understanding in heartbreak. The song’s sonic structure supports the literary narrative, blending melancholy chords with an undercurrent of hope and resilience. The lyrics, pure and touching, encapsulate the emotional spectrum from introspective solitude to shared empathy, highlighting the power of music as a unifying force – a choir of 100,000 voices. “100,000 Voices” isn’t just a song, it’s an experience that resonates with the very core of human emotions.

2 She Put Sunshine

His creativity shines through lyrics that trace a journey from loneliness to veritable radiance. The weighty line “Was feelin’ heavy and she got me drunk instead” underscores how this enigmatic ‘she’ not only fills the speaker with warmth, but also alleviates his somber mood, nurturing a captivating transformation. The song’s vibrant imagery forms a vivid tapestry of love, comfort, and personal growth. Collier’s clever wordplay – “she put sunshine onto my internet” – bridges the divide between tangible emotions and the digital world, stressing the capability of this virtual seraph to illuminate even the darkest corners of his existence. Each verse unfurls with a captivating mix of the mundane and the miraculous, painting a picture of love’s power to foster joy, courage, and warmth – the vital ‘sunshine’ that illuminates the canvas of life.

3 Little Blue

Features: Brandi Carlile

The song is drenched in yearning metaphors, invoking nature as a source of comforting guidance – “be my boat, be my river/be the stillness of the moon”. Punctuated with the refrain, “You’re gonna find a way/To carry the weight of the world,” this message resonates as both a personal whisper to the heart and a universal anthem of resilience. The line “You’ll never walk alone, singin’/Don’t be afraid of the dark/In your heart” adds a particularly poignant quality to the song. This slice of ‘Djesse Vol.4’ illustrates Collier’s prowess in crafting intricate vocal arrangements and Carlile’s capacity for delivering them with soul-stirring power.

4 WELLLL

The lyric “I think I fell in love with lightning bolt, I’m ready to run / Into you” presents a thrilling confession, juxtaposing the intensity of a lightning strike with the dawning realization of deep affection. Moreover, the recurring verse “Picking up the loose puzzle pieces scattered around the floor” exudes a sense of desperation and desire for cohesion in an unsteady emotional landscape. This song is the pulse of anticipation, eliciting palpitations through Collier’s adept lyrical craft. It’s clear within this song, Collier has mastered the art of presenting universal experiences in a relatable and profound manner, proving his lyrical prowess.

5 Cinnamon Crush

Features: Lindsey Lomis

Jacob Collier and Lindsey Lomis present a sweet sonnet, wrapped up in the gustatory metaphor of cinnamon and sugar. The lyrics convey an intense yearning, an insatiable craving that’s wrapped up in a melodic adoration for a significant other. This modest hunger for intimacy is masterfully expressed by Lomis’ enchanting vocals, as she croons, “I just want your body, baby, by my side, candlelight inside.” The song juggles the intensities of early-stage infatuation, sprinkled with a pinch of secrecy; a hush-hush love affair that’s been crystallized in the unforgettable line “We’re keepin’ it hush now, sugar.” Collier and Lomis have crafted a track that’s more than a little intoxicating, just like a rush of sugar to the bloodstream, blending the saccharine and the spicy – much like a cinnamon crush.

6 Wherever I Go

Features: Lawrence, Michael McDonald

This track is imbued with an aching longing, the lyrics softly broaching the subject of a love that’s slipped away, despite the firmest intentions. With verses like, “Lovin’ you, holdin’ you/Feelin’ like this time I’m lettin’ you go/End of the road, but I/Know you’ll be with me wherever I go,” Collier delivers an open-handed confession of love and loss. The song meticulously balances vulnerability, hope, and the pain of letting go, mirroring the tumultuous journey of heartbreak. It’s a poignant testament to Collier’s emotive lyrical prowess, coupled with his unrivalled musical genius.

7 Summer Rain

Features: Madison Cunningham, Chris Thile

Featuring Madison Cunningham and Chris Thile, the lyrics navigate a torrent of complex emotions, mirroring the ebb and flow of a summer downpour. Collier’s use of metaphors like “I don’t masquerade inside the flame \ But I miss you like summer rain” encapsulates a piercing yearning tinged with raw honesty. The tug-of-war between desire and detachement is evocatively captured in lines like “I’m so free without you \ I won’t catch the rain, won’t feel the same \ I’m alive without you.” The song is a testament to Collier’s genius, managing to paint a universe of sentiments with an intricacy that’s both relatable and profound.

8 A Rock Somewhere

Features: Anoushka Shankar, Varijashree Venugopal

There’s a gravity to Collier’s words here, underscored by Venugopal’s emotive delivery; the line “Hurtling through time, under the sun, a dreamer shushing the universe” resonates particularly deep. The song’s lyrics seem to evoke a sense of cosmic journey, the struggle against adversity frequently symbolized through the motif of a rock – simultaneously an obstacle and a foundation. Shankar’s sitar further enriches this complex tableau, subtly linking the otherwise distinctly modern composition to a musical tradition with a rich history. But it’s not all bleak – the lyrics also subtly underscore a sense of optimism amidst the struggle, a testament to Collier’s genius in balancing contrasting themes within a single track.

9 Mi Corazón

Features: Camilo

Jacob Collier’s insatiable inventive prowess coalesces with Camilo’s Latin-America-shaping artistry in this bilingual ballad – a testament to the universality of the human experience. The lyrics shimmer between English and Spanish, parallel to the sentiment of love’s transcendence over language. As Collier croons, “But whether near or far, no matter where you are / You will always be in my heart, my heart,” he’s underscoring the theme of enduring love, one that finds home in the heart regardless of distance. Conversely, Camilo’s verse, “Yo extraño ser tu brújula y tu ancla / Y tú navegando, navegando, navegando sin compás,” introduces a melancholic seam, lamenting a lost connection. Collier’s seamless linguistic shift amplifies the reach of the song, demonstrating his uncanny ability to craft tunes that resonate across cultures.

10 Witness Me

Features: Shawn Mendes, Stormzy, Kirk Franklin

Teaming up with Shawn Mendes, Stormzy, and Kirk Franklin, they spin a heart-rending narrative of introspection and empathy. The lyrics cut to the bone with sobering honesty as Shawn Mendes croons, “Dad’s sick and your brother’s not there, More drink ’cause nobody cares. But I believe in you deeply, You know you can lean on me.” Stormzy’s verse introduces a raw grit, shedding light on harsh realities of life, “We grew up in a place where bloody murder was the sport.” The song encapsulates a plea for witnesses, for companionship in the darkest corners of life – it’s more than just about witnessing someone else, it’s about being seen and understood yourself.

11 Never Gonna Be Alone

Features: Lizzy McAlpine, John Mayer

Jacob Collier, joined by the lyrical genius of Lizzy McAlpine and the guitar virtuosity of John Mayer, offers a poignant reflection on love, loss, and memory. The lyrics reflect the universality of yearning for connection and the bittersweet remnants of love scattered across mundane moments. Intertwining the personal and universal, Collier paints a vivid picture: “There’s a patch of sunlight in my room, on the carpet where I held you for a moment in June.” This effectively captures the essence of a fleeting yet intense moment, emphasizing the intangible and transient nature of experiences. The resulting emotional landscape exposes vulnerability in a powerful way, reflecting the complex dynamics of human relationships echoed throughout ‘Djesse Vol. 4.’

12 Bridge Over Troubled Water

Features: John Legend, Tori Kelly

Collier and company’s rendition of this Simon & Garfunkel classic strikes a chord not only with its grand orchestration, but its poignant lyrics that hold a comforting embrace in periods of crisis. Collier’s harmonious arrangements amplify the depth of the lyrics, the pinnacle being the line “Like a bridge over troubled water, I will lay me down”. The potency of these words encapsulates the essence of the song – offering solace and support amidst life’s trials. A bridge over, rather than a barrier against, the metaphorical troubled water. Undeniably, this song’s lyrics speak volumes about Collier’s exceptional interpretative skills, infusing new tenderness and relevance into a timeless anthem of empathy.

13 Over You

Features: aespa, Chris Martin

Tap-dancing on the tightrope of love and loss, it sings the sorrowful saga of love’s lingering essence, crooning on lines such as “I don’t think I’ll ever get over you, ’cause you’re all I think about”. With Collier’s intricate crafting, woven together with Chris Martin’s soulful tonality and aespa’s edgy pop-rhythms, this track just hits differently. The lyrics are deeply emotive, exploring the relentless pursuit of a love just out of reach. The back-and-forth between English and Korean verses, adds a unique texture, expanding the song’s appeal. The lyric “내 드라마 속에 널, 더 눈부시게 rewrite”, literally translated to “In my drama, you are more dazzling, rewrite”, brings in that heart-wrenching sense of longing and a desperate bid to rewrite what has been. It’s a testament to the universality of heartache – a lingering serenade of love we all may know too well.

14 Box Of Stars Pt. 1

Features: D Smoke, Sho Madjozi, Yelle, Kanyi Mavi, Kirk Franklin, CHIKA

The congregation of talents like Kirk Franklin, CHIKA, D Smoke, Sho Madjozi, Yelle & Kanyi Mavi is no ordinary feat. Collier cleverly weaves a stellar tapestry of sound, intertwining varied vocal textures and contrasting lyrical themes. From Kanyi Mavi’s evocative Xhosa rap to Sho Madjozi’s soaring Swahili verse, the song is a prism refracting multiple perspectives on love, identity, and resilience. A standout lyric, “Stars, they come and they go / But their light shines forever” is laced with a poignant realization of ephemeral existence, yet an everlasting impact. It’s a beautiful connection between music, hope, and cosmic mystique, perfectly encapsulating the song’s core message. With ‘Box Of Stars Pt. 1’, Collier and co. have enriched pop music, offering abundant lyrical depth with an international twist.

15 Box Of Stars Pt. 2

Features: Metropole Orkest, Suzie Collier, Steve Vai, VOCES8

This joint finds Jacob Collier crafting a deeply personal soundscape through a symphony of collaborators. The lyrics create a cycle of continuous motion, suggested by the repetition of “Pa’ allá, tumbadores, pa’ allá” – a phrase that translates as “that way, drummers, that way”. It coalesces into a rhythmic mantra propelling the listeners forward, suggesting the universal journey we’re all embarked on. Amid this cyclical voyage, there’s a yearning for connection as strains of “You’re with me wherever I go” echo, expressing longing for a comforting presence in life’s journey. The standout line, “In your world, a box of stars” portrays a sense of limitless possibilities encapsulated within individual perception, as stars not only symbolize dreams and aspirations, but also the vastness of personal worldviews. The song embodies Collier’s knack for embedding profound philosophical musings in his lyrics, while underlining the collective human experience.

16 World O World

This song is steeped in raw emotion and poignant reflections, encapsulated in lines like “Time is swift to come to pass / Nothing stays and nothing lasts.” Floating over an ethereal soundscape, Collier navigates his impending departure, symbolizing life’s inevitable end. The yearning in “Give me the wings to fly, to fly home” speaks volumes about his longing for transition, for release. The song, in its melancholic entirety, brings forth the universal sentiment of goodbye and the cyclical nature of love and loss, all the while maintaining an undercurrent of optimism and acceptance. Touching on grand themes of time, love, and the world itself, the track is a fitting finale to ‘Djesse Vol. 4’, capturing the essence of Collier’s evolutionary journey throughout the album.

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