Penny Sweets is the latest single from Jack Badcock’s five-track EP The Driftwood Project which sees the singer songwriter explore and experiment with musical genres and instrumentation to produce a unique and exciting body of work. Following the release of two tracks from the EP, which are both heavily influenced by funk and soul, Penny Sweets takes the listener in a new direction with acoustic guitar taking the lead. Jack spoke with The Fountain about Penny Sweets in more depth as well as plans for the rest of the year.

TF: You have a new single out, what has the reception been like to Penny Sweets?

It’s been great. Often the most meaningful reaction to a new release is when your peers and friends get in touch to express their appreciation of the music and people have been sending some lovely messages about it. 

TF: How would you sum up the single in one sentence?

A collage of some of my happiest memories, embellished with a string quartet!

TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this release, I note an EP?

This is the third track out of five which I’m drip-releasing every six weeks so after this one I’ve got two more to come out in June and July respectively and the five tracks will make up my EP, The Driftwood Project. Other than that, I’m filling my non-musical lockdown days by working in an Amazon warehouse!

TF: Where is your favourite venue for playing live, where is the next place you look most forward to gigging?  

I’m not sure about a favourite venue, as often two gigs in the same venue can feel very different and it’s often the crowd that makes it. Celtic Connections however, the festival in Glasgow every January/February is almost always the best gig of any year so I’m going to go with that! I’ve got a pre-recorded gig coming up in June which will be filmed at An Tobar on the Isle of Mull and put out online which I’m very excited for (and healthily nervous) as it’ll be my first solo “gig” in about 18 months.

Penny Sweets is out now