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Music that has a sound that spans decades is what you will find on Jupiter In Velvet’s Beautiful New Day. It’s an 11-track album with an eclectic and classic sound. From the first song, you feel as though you’ve stepped back into the 70s. The distorted guitars, the vintage vocals - it’s an album that defies space and time.
“Heavy Like A Brick,” the first track, really stood out to me right away. It was all that I described above, and it made me hopeful for the rest of the album. It set the stage for what would turn out to be an amazing listening experience - unlike any I’ve had yet this year (and I’ve heard some great stuff in 2018).
“Can’t Get It Right” has a bit of an 80s sound melded with the 70s, along with a touch of David Bowie-esque creativity. While I liked everything about this song, the guitar solo stood out a lot. This song’s lyrics reminded me of some goth music I loved in the late 90s and early 2000s as well.
“Monsters” is another song that kind of made me think of David Bowie. I love the creativity in this music, and I especially like the lyrics to this particular song (it sounds like my own poetry in a way)... and it has an eerie edge, and I love that.
Monsters in my bed
Keep messing with my head
Constant thoughts keep them fed,
Monsters in my bed
Am I alive or am I dead?
Upon my fears they are bred
The vocals for “Metanoia” sound like a cross between Bowie and Tom Petty. The music sounds like something that would have played in the background of a White Stripes song. This song still has a bit of a creative classic space-rock sound, but it also has a current feel to it.
“The Day I Fell From The Stars” begins with some spacey sounds, maybe reminiscent of a star falling (makes sense). I hate to keep comparing Jupiter In Velvet to Bowie, but it’s hard not to. He’s got his own sound though - it’s not like he’s trying to be Bowie. Jupiter In Velvet is all its own music - clever and creative. Each song fits with the next, but each has something so different about it. You find yourself intrigued by every note, every lyric, and the singer's vocals - which are raw and gritty. He has just enough rasp to his voice to make it almost delightful.
A little more about “The Day I Fell From The Stars” - This song's music is trance inspiring.
“With A Whole Lotta Heart” is a storytelling song full of questions. It’s a song that forces you to look at the world and within yourself. It’s a beautiful track with a whole lotta heart.
“Kiss The Flame” has a neat tinkling triangle sounding thing going on and it made me think of Christmas bells or something. It doesn’t last through the whole song, but it gives the track a unique beginning. Once that’s done you can expect some lyrics with power and some killer guitar riffs. This song has a pretty cool beat - you’ll be nodding your head before you even know it.
I love this album. It’s fresh, new, and so awesome. You can check it out on Bandcamp for the price of your choosing!
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