Keeping up with the single releasing of UK band Jingo is like trying to keep up with Usain Bolt on the track but much more fun. This past Monday the band set loose the first of a quartet of singles which will be released over four weeks. Being firm fans of the band and their so far rewarding and impressive songs we thought we should look at the new release as well as previous single When You Want Me which came out last month. It was a good move as Belong To You and its predecessordances over ears and imagination with uniquely diverse and feverishly flavoured designs, emulating the band’s previous releases with ease.
Since the release of their first trio of tracks just over a year ago, the songs also released within a short time of each other to awaken a wealth of eager appetites and passion, Jingo has gone from strength to strength and just when you think they may have reached their creative peak they come up with further ingenious twists in their sound and creativity. The quartet of Jack Buckett (guitars/vocals), his American wife Katie (vocals/keys/guitar), Joseph Reeves (drums), and Sahil Batra (keys/bass/guitar/vocals) continue to grow creatively and seduce with greater virulence. Certain tracks are bound to become favourites but there is not disguising the evolution and heights bred since the revealing of those first tracks. Each of their offerings has come with an eclectic mix of sound and adventure, one by one exploring new avenues and depths within the band’s songwriting and imagination as proven by tracks like Black Flowers and, Wake Up in the latter half of 2013. Just as potent and constantly vivacious live, Jingo has ensured this year is going to follow in vein and potency as shown by the two singles already unveiled and no doubt their swiftly following successors.
Released in March When You Want Me emerges from a sonic mist, an almost sinister ambience which has an air of portent about its lips. As aural drama and evocative keys add to the texture of the climate, soon followed by an intriguing vocal coaxing, the song envelops ears and sense like a seductive tempest. Rhythms equally grow in size and weight, framing the colourful brewing maelstrom with poise and incitement. The expected storm does not materialise though instead the song swerves into a magnetic funk dressed romp of fiery melodies, vociferous keys, and boisterous rhythms all under the spell of the excellent vocal union. With feet just as submissively under the spell of the melodic rock stomp as emotions, the psychedelic teasing providing further captivation, the song easily gains full control of body and heart.
Belong To You leans against ears with a riveting bass croon initially, its resonance and smooth voice mesmeric within a smattering of percussion. It is not long before the new single spreads into a hot melodic flame which in turn settles back into the opening breath around the easy to indulge in tones of Katie and even paced rhythmic snaps. As a tangle of guitar begins playing with the imagination, the song brings sixties pop spice to its provocative aural melodrama as well as a persistent sprinkling of unexpected pokes of sound sounds and inventive twists, all within the main course of the contagious engagement. Assisting the rich expression and bewitching venture there are also essences of eighties pop punk and psychedelic rock caressing the masterful mix. As now accustomed with Jingo it is a multi-flavoured and diversely textured song, maybe not as immediate in its potential and success as others of their creations but ultimately just as impressive and mouthwatering.
Personally Black Flowers has always held our fullest ardour but it is being constantly challenged by the band as certainly with this pair of singles and most likely will be again by the three upcoming encounters. We will soon find out and enjoy that is for sure.
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Belong To You 8.5
When You Want Me 8.5
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