Tuesday Music Review: New Bands

This week I’m tackling some bands/artists that I barely know anything about. Other than the Weeknd’s recent singles for 50 Shades of Grey, I haven’t heard much of his stuff. Hopefully I find something to like!

Jungle – Panama

Ok, bear with me – I’m somewhat reminded of the groovy band called Jungle here, which has a song called “Platoon”. Instead, we have Panama with “Jungle.” Oy-vey! For the most part, this is an enjoyable mid-tempo groove with some spacey vocals and solid chugging synths. On the other hand, I’m not sure what there is to keep me coming back. Memorable lyrics? Surprising bridge? Not really. It’s well crafted, but forgettable. 

Can’t Feel My Face – The Weeknd

The Weeknd has his admirers despite laboring in semi-obscurity for a while. My first impression is pseudo-Chris Brown: his sound is a mix of 90s RnB and modern production (the heavy influence of Michael Jackson is apparent, too). There’s a great use of chorus effects and multiple vocal tracks. This song has a well-balanced background tune, but it’s all about The Weeknd’s voice. Floaty one second, soulful the next. This song is the definition of “jam” and it’s elevated by a solid bridge/post-chorus section as well as the superior vocals. I’m glad I discovered it. 

Fatal Flaw – Titus Andronicus 

Similar to the Weeknd, I’ve been meaning to try out his rock group for a while. To my surprise, they sound a lot like one of my favorites, the Fratellis (who have their own single out this week). The Fratellis are infamous for having “Chelsea Hammer” in a beer commercial because the song has the sort of sing-a-long vocals that sound like good drinking fun. This song does the same thing, tacking on a jangly piano to complete the “bar rock” sound. The guitar work blends well with some understanding strings too. A lot of fun!

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