The latest album from Jupiter In Velvet “Shut Off Your Mind” has received some pretty good exposure shortly following its release this year. I see it as a modern mix of Muse, The Door Cinema Club and The Libertines and various other artists with a contemporary English twist.
"Over the years JIV has honed his craft into one unique sound that’s instantly identifiable by audiences worldwide."
Jupiter in Velvet’s music is a fusion of pop, rock, gothic punk and everything else in between. However, the style of music is all his own, creating an authentic, delightful out-of-the-box sound I haven’t heard in years. I agree 100% with the following write up: ”JIV is a supernova of passion exploding into your soul, a game changer in a world that needs change”.
Over the years JIV has honed his craft into one unique sound that’s instantly identifiable by audiences worldwide. It has also created a well rounded and versed musician. Under the alias of Jupiter in Velvet moniker this is one artist that audiences would benefit to experience live as well.
Bottom Line: I hear he puts on a hell of a show! There’s a real sense of cathartic musical independence here via this latest work. While everything here is shall I say exceptionally entertaining, and it also manages to cover a pretty wide range of musical styles as well. A few tracks notably stand out for me in particular. “Make Out”, “Only Heaven Knows” and the title track are strong openers that deliver pure grooved magic and an impressive writers touch.
While the movement presents a straight forward hooky guitar, quirky, high energy vocals that let it all hang out. Despite this somehow the music has a more of a vintage retro rock feel as the CD hits solid stride. This is definitely a modern example of classic psychedelic-alternative rock popular in the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. I can hear acts like Joseph Arthur, Beach House, MGMT, Eric Hutchinson, and even They Might Be Giants.This style of music is not easy to pigeonhole, however I suspect many of the previously mentioned bands have had an influence.
The musicianship from JIV is how shall I say – off the chain. The vocal front from JIV equally as clairvoyant and compelling. He really draws you in and is clearly a musical savant. Another highlight for me is “Ice Queen” and, “Starman” which to me exemplifies his sound to the hilt. It’s got plenty of cool guitar riffing, bass playing that sits deep in the pocket but above all it shows just how far JIV masterfully navigates with sheer precision through his unique writing style. JIV demonstrates his individual musical talents and abilities without being to be over the top about it either.
"I believe there’s a detached and disgruntled audience just waiting for him to arrive"
So are you thinking what I’m thinking? Somehow all the above is not compatible with the superficial musical times we live in. Jupiter in Velvet is well-suited for audiences that enjoy world class Alternative Rock with a poetic UK flair. There are even elements of Hard Rock and Indie College Rock here as well. I believe there’s a detached and disgruntled audience just waiting for him to arrive.
by Kelly Macina / edited by Janne Zawa
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