Jack Johnson has always been a voice we can count on. His Bushfire fairy tales became an instant classic in 2001 when it officially introduced itself to the music world with its release. But if you’re a surfer – or a college student who frequented Santa Barbara music venues in the late ’90s – you knew who Jack was. His surfing speaks for itself, as does his cinema. The native of the Côte-Nord has made the ocean his number one priority, and that roots him. Decisive. He’s a musician we can relate.
Last week, Jack released his eighth studio album, Meet the moonlight. There are certainly new sounds but it’s not a great departure, musically. Lyrically, however, Jack examines the world we live in through a microscope – all the chaos and weirdness. Yet there is a reliable side to Meet the moonlight, a positivity that reminds us that even if we don’t know everything, everything will be fine. I spoke with Jack about all the quirks, the new album and how he’s stayed true to what he does. The man is a gem of the surfing world. And the rest of society is also lucky to be able to enjoy its sounds.
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