Mixing humorous social commentary with melancholy reflection, David W. Jacobsen performs and records catchy, mostly acoustic songs that combine poetry, satire, and narrative storytelling. Entertaining without crossing the line in to novelty, his musings on social and psychological concerns have connected with people all over the world. He performs live accompanying himself on acoustic guitar and amusing his audiences with an enjoyable banter.
His new digital-only EP, Release, is an electric guitar centric collection of songs mixing styles and moods. It includes a song about your ex’s birthday (“Today's Your Birthday”), a Trump Christmas song (“Christmas from Washington DC”), a joke metal song about a gangster lawyer (“Litigious”), an earnest reflective number (“Release”), and other tunes.
His last full album, Begin the Chagrin, presents a range of noble, relatable, pitiable, and revolting characters dealing with disappointment or causing it for someone else. Its frustrated or frustrating protagonists include those failing at art, love, or life in general. Characters yearn to be someone they are not. Starting in the acoustic singer/songwriter genre, its progressions and melodies are catchy without being predicable. Moods range from satirical to somber, sometimes within the same song.
David W. Jacobsen has been writing and performing music for over fifteen years. He studied at Berklee College of Music and has both an excellent understanding of music theory as well as the good sense not to use it. He has recorded over ten albums on his Zbokth Productions label and is currently recording his next release.