I really enjoy this album, and I can’t entirely decide why.
There are elements that straight-up do not work: the pairing of new-country guitar with moody looped vocals in “The Sad Truth” (though each element is individually captivating), the bloodless vocals proclaiming their sexual prowess in “Strut” (though the funky guitar and bass is excellent), and the stilted raps of “Music Revolution” (though I do like the driving Metric-style synths, and the singer’s Beastie Boys impression is weirdly entertaining).
I have a soft spot for ambition, and this debut album from local indie songwriter and producer Jubekyth is nothing if not ambitious. Every song is a surreal and unlikely gumbo of elements, electronic and acoustic, shiny pop and melancholic indie.
When it works, as on the afro-funk rhythms of “Funk it Up Til You’re Breathless,” it’s totally infectious, and even when it doesn’t, it suggests an artist with great potential and an unhinged willingness to go for it.
Jubekyth’s How It Feels is available for purchase on iTunes.
All images courtesy the artist.