Jhameel writes pop songs out of the elements – catchy as hell melodies and straightforward lyrics. The boy can sing, and he’s perfect for indulging your indie holiday get-down spirit. He also has an instinct that pairs the pop formula with a more sophisticated, soulful layer gleaned (at times borrowed) from masters like Michael Jackson and Prince.
All over DIY promotion, Jhameel’s bio includes “skills” in five very diverse languages and a stint in the navy (that ended over an objection to military presence in the Mideast, which comes off as little more than political grandstanding). He’s gained a huge following online and will self-release this album. Oh, and he mixes everything himself.
One more thing, he apparently makes leather bracelets, available on his website.
Released track by track, one week at a time, we now have the complete EP, by mood:
Philosophical: “Pursuit of Glory” – On acoustic guitar, this song makes a strong and beautiful sentiment about being, well, “thirsty for art, hungry for power and money.” A hook at the end sounds two shakes Bittersweet Symphony, but doesn’t really add or detract from this beautiful song.
Somber: “Waves” – The title track is the go-to if you’re not obsessed already. Featuring his amazing voice, a pretty piano, and a maraca. It’ll get you hooked.
Plucky – “Collision” – Dance track! Guitar, horns, funk beat. I could hear a lot more of his snarl: “Sexy’s a religion darling, give me your attention!”
R&B: “White Lie” – C’mon, tell me R&B isn’t a mood? This track wasn’t my favorite. The breakup song has lyrics like, “I love you very much and this is surely not a lie” Not the most imaginative lyrics, but his crooning R&B voice is still amazing.
Ecstatic, Hallelujah: “Wicked” – Hit that crazy synth again, holy crap: “I’m not the first to be wicked and narrow. You can’t hurt me anymore.” This song is catchy, catchy, meow!
The boy has talent.