Sunday, July 20, 2008

Jeremy Jay - A Place Where We Could Go

Don't let the picture above or the first impressions upon first hearing this album mistaken you, this was really recorded just a few months ago and is not a long-lost classic from the 1950's or 60's. Jeremy Jay is a young singer/songwriter, but his debut full-length is so full of past influences like yé-yé or doo-wop, featuring also catchy innocent melodies and cinematic atmospheres, that he seems more like a timeless character. With 11 songs, each moment in "A Place Where We Could Go" seems like an ode to something that may only have existed in dreams, be it a specific moment, a feeling or, hum, a place. Everything is then loaded with reverb effects, adding a subtle dose of ghostly textures to this lo-fi pop songs and a much less naïve approach than what you'd first expect. The end result seems to walk on a very thin line (like dreams?) between mellower moods and more aggressive things, never really falling into any of them. Instead, it prefers to just stand inbetween, a nameless and mysterious but still wonderful place to go. (7,5/10)

Jeremy Jay - Someone Cares (video)

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