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“His songs are timeless yet dwell on mortality. He may be as lost as everyone else, but listen to his music and you may never want to be found," stated the The Deli Magazine.
Jacob Augustine is an experimental folk musician from the Northern woods of Maine. While living in California in 2008 he recorded his first full-length solo album 'Harmonia', released in early 2009 upon moving back to Maine. The album was named Top Ten Album of the Year by The Portland Phoenix and the single "High Water" received airplay on radio stations across the country. Since then Jacob has released four albums in two years, including three simultaneously in late 2011, with the latest being the 'Bikini Island' EP in July 2012. The Portland Press Herald stated, " 'Bikini Island' is an affecting, arresting release, one of those rare pieces of musical art that stays with you long after the last note has faded and your speakers have grown silent."
Jacob continues to tour, both solo and accompanied by a full band, and in recent years has performed alongside the likes of Field Report, O'Death, Lady Lamb the Beekeeper and Dan Mangan to name a few.
Jacob Augustine is an experimental folk musician from the Northern woods of Maine. He has lived all over the country, crisscrossing the United States performing for over a decade in various projects. While living in California in 2008 he recorded his first full-length album entitled Harmonia, which was then released in early 2009, just months after moving back to Maine to live in the Portland area. Harmonia was named a Top Ten Album of the Year by The Portland Phoenix and the single "High Water" received airplay on radio stations across the country.
In the months following Harmonia's release, Jacob would gather musicians from across Portland's vastly rich music community to perform live, assembling one of the most ferocious and emotionally intense acts to come out of New England in some time. That band, called Jacob and the House Of Fire, toured all over the Northeast performing at some of the regions largest festivals and most renowned venues (KahBang Music Festival (Bangor, ME), Oktoberfest in Harvard Sq. (Cambridge, MA), Common Ground Festival (Unity, ME) and the State Theatre and Port City Music Hall (Portland, ME). However during the Winter of 2011 the band chose to move forward with their own individual projects.
Jacob, who at the time had nearly finished one full-length record Frontier featuring members of the House Of Fire, began working on recording two other albums. The Original Love was another full-length, that like Frontier, he engineered and recorded himself in various hallways, bedrooms, and living rooms in and around Portland, as well as in an old family cabin in Northern Maine. With the help of Frank Hopkins he also recorded a six song EP entitled Goldyhymns, captured live at Mayo Street Arts Center, an old converted church in Portland. All three albums were released digitally in late October of 2011, on Jacob's bandcamp site.
In July of 2012, Jacob released the Bikini Island EP, comprised of 4 songs that he had written and recorded during the The Original Love sessions. Jacob, in talking about Bikini Island says, "the EP is a collection of songs I recorded in the summer of 2011 in the same sessions of seclusion as "The Original Love". They seemed like a such a bizarre excursion from the norm of what I was doing at the time that I didn't release them. They practically made me feel uneasy and I really didn't want anyone to hear them, ever. But, naturally, friends always have a way of persuading a man. This EP is my most out of body experimental jaunt into possible sonic embarrassment yet."
Jacob's bandcamp site is currently the only place to listen and download his entire catalog. As always they are available for the name-your-own-price option.
STREAM/DOWNLOAD ENTIRE CATALOG
Including releases Bikini Island, Frontier, The Original Love, and Goldyhymns. along with"Harmonia" (2009) for the NAME-YOUR-OWN-PRICE option: http://jacobaugustine.bandcamp.com
Full band set @ Port City Music Hall
Portland, ME - 11.4.11
Full solo set from Great Scott
Allston, MA - 3.6.12
Jacob has shared the stage with:
Simon Felice (August 2013)
Lady Lamb the Beekeeper
The Wooden Birds
Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers
among many others...