“When I’m making beats, I don’t care if I’m using an 808 drum machine or an acoustic kit,” explains Gray, who plays most every instrument on the EP himself. “If it sounds dope, I say let’s run with it and see where it goes.”
Capturing all the beautiful highs and messy lows of the journey into adulthood, the songs on ‘Nights Like This’ often juxtapose conflicting emotions, tackling weighty topics with subtle nuance and thoughtful reflection. Grappling with the pull of nostalgia and the push to move forward, the track would ultimately go through an elaborate series of revisions and re-imaginings before ever seeing the light of day, with fourteen alternate versions eventually giving way to its final form.
It was a long and winding evolution, but, as with everything Jack Gray does, the results are more than worth the journey.