Teetering near the songwriting style of John Mayer and the faultlessly warm vocals of Michael Bublé, Melbourne-based indie pop rock artist Bailey Judd is coupling soothing tones and hip swaying beats to deliver a tune that is butter-soft and moreish.

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Can’t Quite first hints at nostalgia as Bailey Judd takes his first lines. Like something akin to Shimmer by Fuel, pop influences open the gateway to a soothing, jazz-laden track. Standing out at the forefront, aside from Judd’s own honeyed croon, is a beautifully toned guitar, that pushes the jazz influence to the forefront in a broadly appealing way. The syncopated rhythm that first strikes before the chorus is the gentle nudge towards the passion of the track, while never overpowering its laid-back style.

It’s the little elements that create the textural interest in the track, with bright harmonies and a grittier guitar solo also thrown into the mix. Understated, catchy and continuously evolving, Can’t Quite is a beautiful tune battling bittersweet sentiment.

I wrote ‘Can’t Quite’ about a long-distance relationship after I moved from New South Wales to Victoria back in 2017. I was struggling with the opposing pull of the familiarity and nostalgia of the relationship and the changes happening in my life.

Bailey Judd

Alongside his six-piece band – Jake Amy (The Mamas, Jess Tyler, Malla, Clap for Alaska, Nick Carver and the Mean Street Butchers), Emma Volard (Bumpy), Isadora Lauritz (Jordan Astra, Bumpy), Dominic Stitt (Barney McAll, Foxy Morons) and Ben Cooke – Judd celebrated the launch of Can’t Quite at Melbourne’s Colour Club last Wednesday.

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Posted by Rebecca Costanzo