Not sure if Jealous Michael are quite the talk of the town yet but the British melodic rock quartet has certainly begun causing a bit of a stir through their potent live presence and releases like new single Burning Gold. Taken from the band’s five-track self-titled EP released earlier this year, the song is a rousing weave of warm harmonies and evocative melodies within an enticing bluesy atmosphere. It also carries a catchiness to it which swiftly has hips and vocal chords involved whilst whipping up a certain appetite for the band adventures hereon in.
With half its line-up Brighton bred and the other hailing from Winchester, Jealous Michael has earned a potent reputation through a host of live performances which have included playing Concorde 2 in Brighton and the main stage at Bug Jam Festival, both as the main support, and being HMV Store’s feature act as part of their nationwide ‘Digital Week’ campaign. Previous singles My Fire and Everblue and their aforementioned first EP have also lured a rich following and acclaim for the band’s blend of catchy pop-rock melodies and haunting boy-girl harmonies. Burning Gold is of course no exception and another song sure to entice a healthy number of new recruits to their warmly infectious strain of rock ‘n’ roll.
The single opens with a dangling lure of guitar, its sonic tang and emerging blues character spun by George Stewart, who almost as quickly also unveils equally strong vocals. These are accompanied by the mesmeric tones of Letty O, theirs a thickly tempting and creative union backed by the composed and engagingly imposing rhythms of drummer Simon Young and bassist Bex Flecknor. It is probably fair to say that the vocals and especially the sway and allure of the harmonies steal the show, yet equally, it is the darker hues of bass and crisp swipes of sticks on skin which gives them the platform to dance and smoulder to fine effect whilst providing great earthiness to the track’s canvas.
As instant as it is on ears, Burning Gold is also a slow burner which just gets stronger and more tantalising with every listen. The result is a highly appetiser way to discover Jealous Michael and a reason for existing fans to wax lyrical over the band again.
Burning Gold is out now.
Pete RingMaster 21/10/2105
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