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According to 22-year old South London songwriter Jack Penate he wrote and recorded his debut album, Matinee, because he “wanted to create something joyous,” and that’s exactly what comes forth from the first sprightly beats of his UK top ten hit “Torn on the Platform.” While there are tunes about love lost and feelings of displacement (and the album does finish with a tune called “When We Die”), there’s an undeniable spring in Penate’s step that invigorates his songs and has brought comparisons to that other fountain of youth wunderkind Jonathan Richman. His natural guileless pop incorporates ska rhythms that provide a natural energy for the tongue-twisting lyrics that make him sound like a madman on parade (“Made of Codes”). Even when he slows down and turns introspective for the David Grey-like “We Will Be Here,” or the pensive ballad “My Yvonne,” Penate stays away from the usual somber clichés and explores the sweet falsetto of his vocal range.

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wow. jack penate is a magician with music. his songs are upbeat, fun, and boy are they CATCHY! i am constantly stuck with one of his songs playing in my head (which is not a bad thing). i duly reccomend Spit At Stars (check out the music video); Second, Minute, or Hour; Have I been a fool; and Torn On the Platform. kudos to itunes for putting up such a wonderful artist. thanks. give jack penate a listen and your ears will thank you!


Finally Jack Penate is in the US store. I guess itune got smart and put UK music in the US store. Torn On the Platform is a classic, and Have I Been a Fool is a new favorite of mine. Awesome CD, keep doing what you do best Jack!


Jack Penate is the male alternative to Kate Nash. Whom I adore. Fun, upbeat, catchy brit-pop. My favorites are: Spit At Stars, Have I Been a Fool, Made of Codes, Second Minute or Hour


Born: September 9, 1984 in Blackheath, London, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

In many ways, Jack Peñate is Lily Allen minus the sarcasm and the party frocks. The South Londoner's music is slick, radio-ready pop, but its heart is rooted in the Two-Tone ska revival and the more soulful end of '80s pop, along the lines of the Style Council and the Housemartins. Add in Peñate's striking vocal resemblance to the young Billy Bragg and he's like the post-millennial equivalent to the U.K. student discos of two decades previously. Jack Fabian Peñate was born in Blackheath, a fairly...
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Matinée (Expanded Edition), Jack Peñate
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  • $11.99
  • Genres: Alternative, Music
  • Released: Jan 22, 2008

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