Jake Meadows and Daniel Johns Are 'Good Company' on New EP: Exclusive First Listen

Daniel Johns and Jake Meadows

Daniel Johns and Jake Meadows

The company you keep, it is said, can explain a lot about your character. Jake Meadows can call the celebrated Australian singer Daniel Johns a great friend. The pair share an artistic kindred spirit, which spills out in a collaborative new EP, the aptly titled Good Company.  

“Daniel and I have been friends for years and he’s always helped me find inspiration,” Meadows tells Billboard. “We've always worked well together, on different projects, and this collaboration happened really organically. I showed him the tracks I had been working on for the EP, and he offered to produce and be a part of the project. We just went for it.”

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Meadows certainly is in good company. As the frontman of Silverchair, Johns emerged as a superstar in his homeland. Each of the band's five albums peaked at No. 1 in Australia, the act won more ARIA Awards than any other in history (21) and Johns became the first person to win APRA's coveted songwriter of the year accolade on three occasions.

Meadows, a multi-instrumentalist and harpist, is something of a serial collaborator having worked with the likes of homegrown acts Angus & Julia Stone, Paul Mac, Thelma Plum and with Johns on his 2015 comeback shows for Vivid Live at the Sydney Opera House. 

Johns returns the favor as a featured artist on the Sydney muso's five-track EP. Good Company is a collection of dreamy, textured tracks with an attention to production detail. Johns seems to have a trademark on a whispering falsetto, a vocal that’s a lifetime away from his full-throated early-career delivery with Silverchair. 

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The recording process for Good Company, like the music itself, was a journey. The EP was cut in different spots up and down the country's east coast. “Sometimes I’d go up to Daniel’s (Newcastle home and studio) for a week or a few days or sometimes we’d head to my house and go out on the boat, talk about music, records and the songs,” Meadows explains. 

Johns returned to the limelight last year with his solo debut Talk, his first LP since Silverchair went on "indefinite hiatus" in May 2011. Good Company continues his own musical odyssey and he’s thrilled with the result. “It's starts at the end like something we don’t understand,” he tells Billboard. “It ends in something I want to fall I love with!"

Listen to Good Company below.

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