Jake Bugg is an old soul when it comes to making music. Citing influences such as Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, and the Beatles, the pint-sized troubadour creates a sound that is far older than his 18 years would suggest. In the six years since he first picked up a guitar, Bugg has been featured at last year’s Glastonbury Festival, signed to Mercury Records, and performed on Later…with Jools Holland. The video for his latest single, “Two Fingers,” evokes the iconic image of English youth in all its melancholic, confused, and dream-chasing glory.
We follow young Jake through a typical day in his life: wandering through empty streets, sharing a cigarette with friends, rushing to a venue for rehearsal, coming home to see his mother fighting with her latest beau before he walks out, leaving her in tears. The video is both aesthetically stunning and mildly depressing, and is sure to hit home for many members of Bugg’s audience. He ends the song with an optimistic verse that contrasts the general despondence of the day’s events, singing, “Hey, hey it’s fine, I’ve left it behind.”
With the popularity of English nu-folk artists such as Laura Marling and Mumford & Sons, Bugg has the opportunity to voice the struggles and difficulties of being young in the world of today. His self-titled debut album will be released on October 15th.