Jack In Water Releases Nettwerk Debut SIngle “Ophelia”
October 1, 2018 BY Nettwerk
“A songwriter with real depth, his work has a painterly touch, a way of utilising music and words to deliver something special.” – Clash
Nettwerk is excited to announce the signing of alternative singer-songwriter William Clapson, better known as Jack in Water, to its worldwide label roster. The UK-born idiosyncratic talent, currently splitting his time between London and Palma de Mallorca, shared his newest single, the haunting and disarming “Ophelia” via Clash recently. It’s taken from his forthcoming debut EP for Nettwerk Records, due out later this year and featuring musical contributions from the likes of The Last Dinosaur and more. Listen to the single here or below.
“Ophelia” is loosely based on the story of Sir John Everett Millais’ painting of the same name. “Using this story as a foundation, the song explores the idea of people pleasing”, Clapson explains. “How far we are willing to go to please others to the point that it risks our own wellbeing and how easy it can be for someone to take advantage of that behaviour to serve their own narrative.”
Stay tuned for more new music and live dates from Jack in Water in the coming months.
About Jack in Water:
William Clapson a.k.a Jack in Water was brought up in a little village in Essex, listening to the diverse musical influences of his parents, ranging from the melancholy and drama created by bands such as Radiohead and The Blue Nile, to the powerful R&B and soul voices like Aretha Franklin and Diana Ross whilst growing up. It was this mix of art-rock melancholy instrumentation partnered with the emotional soulful voices of the greats which really drove him to make the music he makes today. Clapson uses music as a way of communicating emotions and ideas with himself and the world around him. He writes to connect and reconnect with himself, those close to him and those whom he may never meet but are connected by the pain and joy of what it means to be alive and be a human being.
It is because of this drive to connect with people through art and music that Clapson is so often drawn to collaborate with friends such as Oliver Chapman. In 2012, Clapson and Chapman wrote a song called Made of Ghosts and recorded at the famed Abbey Road Studios with The London Symphony Orchestra. It was in this same year that he released an EP titled ‘The Meaning of Events’ which has now gone on to accumulate over 10 million streams collectively. Jack in Water’s follow up EP was a three track live piano and voice collection titled ‘The Piano One’, each song on that EP was addressed to a different generation of his family, the Matriarch, the father and the child to be born. The most popular song “Maggie” has over 1 million streams on Spotify now.