The word ennui originates from France, and is defined as "a feeling of listlessness or dissatisfaction arising from a lack of occupation or excitement." For me, it's an ironically exciting new word to add to my vocabulary."
Ennui also happens to be the musical outfit that is Jim Doutrich. Hailing from Pittsburgh, Ennui makes music that hardly matches the definition we find in our dictionary.
"Feel It" is an ever-present, skin-grazing, end-of-summer synth pop hit. Perhaps the only thing that's remotely listless about this song is Doutrich's mellow, almost melancholy vocals, which play up the bright and emotive musical patterns and production. The combination of the two elements, his voice and the actual music, transform the "I can feel it" chorus into a real emotion rather than a recitation.
Ennui's debut album will be released on September 23 via Mush Records, and we'll have the exclusive album stream on Indie Shuffle next week. In the meantime, follow Ennui on SoundCloud for more infectious synth pop melodies.