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Music Review: Jupiter One- Sunshower

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First and foremost, my impression of Jupiter One is not an emotion that passes through me all that often. It is a rarity when a song/album/band gets my kicks completely and positively off.

But there is something resonating deep with Jupiter One for me. Creating a sentiment that makes me get up and start dancing around my living room mid-day blasting the music less than neighborly pleasant. I believe they call this sort of thing ‘dance floor-friendly’; who needs understandable lyrics when you have that kind of groove?

All in all, for a vast majority of the songs off of their new album Sunshower, the chorus is about the only thing anyone can really comprehend properly at first listen. But something about these songs makes all of that okay. Jumping genres and mixing in with the likes of Grizzly Bear, tuned in with a little pop-punk movement it’s almost heavenly to hear what this band has produced from such simple backgrounds.

Their album Sunshower can be used to suit many different moods, which I find to be quite an astonishing accomplishment for many artists. It’s their sway of many correlated genres that help them to impede these emotions vicariously through Electronica, Pop, Punk, and my favorite of all even Indie/Folk. Having been described as a blend of 1980s Rolling Stones, and MGMT it’s impossible to pass this band by without an open mind. Each song on this album has its own vibrancy for which you can compliment any event. Starting with the first track “Volcano” which headlines as an amazing way to start off the disc. Its ups and downs of ageless melodies stomping carelessly through each second of the song are nothing more than pure melodic passion.

This song’s strong suit is located in its hitchy chorus surrounded by hand-claps and grooved up riffs. A drop in movement can be heard especially well a little later in the album. The eighth track, “Find Me a Place,” resembles a sound something like softer stuff by The Beatles. A soothing voice brought on by singer K Ishibashi carries in the intro and falsettos its way down through the choruses.

On the last song “People in the Mountain, People of the Ocean” seemingly embodied around some pretty easy folk guitar pickings; it seems that the latter half of the CD is set for a soother environment. Having found every way, in and around the makings of a well rounded album; it seems as if Jupiter One has taken their strides in the right direction for their sophomore exertion.

They are opening for Regina Spektor on her upcoming tour starting this fall, a well deserved place in line, I am favorably convinced. I am completely amused in the vibrancy and youthful sounds these guys and one gal tend to pull off. Their music is adventurous and bubbly, weathering exceptionally quickly past a lot of their precursors in their musical category. I have high doubts that Jupiter One will be fading out anytime in the near future.

 

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  • Topher Hicks

    Great review, you’re like a young Ralph J. Gleason! Your poinincy, professionalism, and interest in music shine a little brighter with each of your posts.