Single Review | Cameron Ferguson | Jungle

Incredibly well-structured and a song for everyone.

At over 4 minutes long, Cameron Ferguson’s debut single is longer than the average song. However, those 4 minutes are filled with a musical journey.

The track starts off with a very catchy and foot-tapping melody of gentle acoustic guitar strumming alongside drumming and bass in the background. Around 20 seconds in, we hear a build up to the lyrics with more of a riff in the guitar playing. Ferguson begins singing just over 30 seconds into the track with the lyrics “you and me, we live in the jungle”. The word “jungle” leaves enough scope for imagination from the listener in terms of what they imagine it as. For example, a jungle is normally wild, perhaps this is a reflection on living in a physically or mentally wild world.

Glasgow based Ferguson said in an Instagram post that this debut single is about “losing someone important” and dealing with negative feelings as a result. Whilst this song is written about losing someone, others are likely to relate but maybe in different contexts. However, the concept still remains one that others could see themselves in, regardless their individual situation.

The electric guitar riff that is introduced a minute in is impressive. It gives the track an edgier feel compared to the more pop sounding intro. This happens before Ferguson begins singing again, “you and me belong in the jungle, sun shining through the trees”. The picture this lyric paints is a peaceful one, contradicting the wildness commonly associated with a jungle.

A willow tree is used as the artwork piece which is something that can symbolise a variety of emotions. In some cultures, flexibility and adaptability. In others, it can steer away negativity. It is a very fitting image to represent a track that discusses such different emotions.

Ferguson is a musical genius, this track is incredibly well-structured and a song for everyone to enjoy. The tempo changes in the song seem to represent the emotional rollercoaster when losing someone, no matter what context that loss is felt in.