Jupiter in Velvet – Glitter on the Sun
Jupiter in Velvet is based out of London. With millions of bands across this globe how can one more really make a difference and be worthy of the music lover’s attention?… Well for starters, if the artist has something to say with a new perspective and a truly unique musical style showcased through brilliant songwriting – that is a musical personality worth giving a listen to. Jupiter In Velvet is such an artist… Iinfluences possibly include but not limited to: David Bowie, Warpaint, Cursive, 2:54 and Radiohead. BTW – this is his third release in 3 years.
As this 13 Track CD advances Jupiter in Velvet achieves his own distinctive style and voice in significant part by featuring the unique guitar/keyboard/voice combination at the core of all these four songs. At the same time with all of the expanded tonal ranges and expressiveness that 4 or 5 instruments can dish out – making for a unique “invigorating” sonic experience altogether. In my opinion the 2 instruments that stand out the most here are the guitar and the voice. As a music fans aficionado who’s strictly a voyeur, and /or a writer who’s never played a lick or tried to fit different musical components together into a cohesive whole, I’m somewhat intrigued by the idea of a centerpiece member like Jupiter in Velvet. This rising London based singer/songwriter is proving to me somewhat of a musical force. As if releasing music and beating the pavement over the past few years isn’t enough. Sometimes persistence pays off. Where am I going with this? Whoever Jupiter in Velvet is he has managed to hit a home run with this, their latest 13 track CD. It’s a 13 track staple of ultra-clean Rock proving again that this style of music can be spun many different ways. I would classify their music as Alternative Rock. Modern bands like The Black Keys and The White Stripes need not be taken too lightly.
The ultimate beauty of this collection, though, is in the way Jupiter in Velvet methodically weaves his ever lamenting Euro-rock battle cry in and out of the foreground of these tracks, playing a mostly supporting role on numbers like “”Don’t U Ever Stop” and sarcastically brilliant “Simplify the Meaning”. Then taking the spotlight on more rocking “She’s So Sugar”. He clearly feels equally as comfortable powering through the modern alt-rock grooves of the former as tiptoeing through the more contemplative, rock of the past contrails of the latter. In close – this sing-songy guitar-voice concept is nothing new but has old and new musical styles to offer in 2014. On this CD Jupiter in velvet finds the seam between the two approaches, delivering a steady interlude of music in the midst of musical chaos making for a very consistent release. All of the songs un-fold in similar fashion as this brit delivers meditative moments with deftly executed, often-challenging rocked out syncopation.
Jupiter in velvet has strong tonality and good intensity without being over the top about it. The common thread throughout all of these pieces is Jupiter in velvet himself via his adventurous playing and open microphone musical vision. Because of this smooth edged musical format this latest CD courageously explores the boundaries between modern alt-rock and clever classic British invasion rock of the 60’s and 70’s with uncommon subtlety and fumbled grace.
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Lizzy Todd approved by Cyrus Rhodes of IMD Music Media