This week, ‘Spillin’ The Beans is having a quick round-up of odds and ends that have been hanging around and really need to get an airing.
Jerome Bell – Burn Easy : Jerome’s press release tells me that he “is making genre-bending music with his bold yet smooth blend of Pop, R&B and Soul“. What I hear is a reggae-ish, R’n’B-ish and very poppy, with very crisp production and a bright, clear sound. To my ears it sounds like something that The Police might have released in 1981. This isn’t really my sort of thing, but I can imagine hearing it on a radio and thinking it was OK. It is a very summery track, which is probably enough to make some people want to hear it while turning off others. Jerome comes from Texas and has performed in “Hairspray” on Broadway and was apparently a semi-finalist on Series 10 of “American Idol“. I say give him a listen and make your own minds up. You can hear this track here.
Karmacloud – Elysia : This is a pastoral, psychedelic folky sort of song by Karmacloud, an Irish-Swedish-Danish alt-folk trio. Musically, it reminds me of some of the things that Pink Floyd used to do before they became famous. Think “Cymbaline”, “Grantchester Meadows” and “Cirrus Minor”, but with more accomplished vocals and strings. This is a different sort of summery thing, shimmering and drifty. Rather good with really lovely vocals and nice understated playing. You can find this song over on YouTube.
Shub Sharan – It Was You : This is a very classy piece of music. On Bandcamp it is tagged as “Indian Jazz Neo-soul New York” which is as good a description as any. It is a kind of mellowed-out, laid back Mahavishnu Orchestra meets Weather Report sort of thing, but without the ferocious rhythmic qualities of both those bands. Shubh Saran, according to his press release “is a New York-based Indian guitarist and composer who has performed extensively as a solo artist and with globally renowned musicians in the United States, India, Canada, Bangladesh, Vietnam and several other countries around the world“. There is an album available, which I shall find, listen to and hopefully review in the future. Anyway, listen to the track here.
So, there we have it, three very different pieces of music which I think all have something to offer the listener.
Apologies for the brevity of this week’s column, normal service will be resumed shortly.