Today marked two highly relevant releases to Jacob Collier fans:
- a new video of him covering Michael Jackson's "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" on a Yamaha Disklavier (essentially a player piano, which Jacob then plays extra bits along with).
- a transcription video of what is arguably his breakthrough moment, his 2014 cover of Stevie Wonder's "Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing", transcribed by unofficial amanuensis and musical translator June Lee.
What's so great about seeing both of these releases, both published today no less, is how they snapshot the then-and-now so well. Seeing Jacob continue to push and display musical tech is contrasted by a thorough scoring of his earlier self; it's as if an older magic has been translated while a new mystery is revealed. While it was a never a question of Jacob continuing to grow and explore, it's a delight to be witnessing the development in real-time.
It's hard to overstate June's contribution to the appreciation of Jacob's art; Jacob himself discusses this in the recently released Part 3 of Jacob/June interviews. It's through these interviews (notably Part 1) that many, such as myself, have come to be aware of him and what he's up to (again, Jacob happily states that regardless of fame/notoriety he'd basically be doing the same thing, just for himself - which really makes me wonder how many other wizards are quietly conjuring delights).
If you haven't taken the time to treat your ears then I'd definitely recommend doing so!