About a year ago Jape performed for the 2FM Studio8 Session, with two new tracks emerging in the process. Since then there has only been a smattering of views for these videos so I reckon they may well have slipped under the radar for a lot of people. These two new tracks, Downpour and If You Can Hear Me, are as good as anything Richie Egan and pals have done and are more of a throwback to the early, more acoustic work on Cosmosphere and The Monkeys in the Zoo Have More Fun Than Me. Downpour in particular is also very similar to At The Heart Of All Of This Strangeness, the highlight from Jape’s 2008 Choice Award winning album – Ritual.
Jape are currently performing as part of FMC tour with And So I Watch You From Afar and Fionn Regan and they roll into the Whelans this Saturday – click here for full details. On the night you can expect material from Jape’s new album which is currently being finalised. According to the man himself these tracks won’t be on the new album but will hopefully see the light of day in some form, at some stage.