My morning usually starts off with a hopeful visit to the office kitchen to make some coffee for the morning. More often than not, the coffee machine is a mess of burnt coffee and moldy grinds from the day before. I then walk over to the local coffee shop to get some non-lethal brew. And lately, accompanying me on these walks has been my new iPod Shuffle and the sounds of Jhameel.
And contrary to the racist African voice that comes on the shuffle to announce the Jhameel playlist, the dude is asian. If you don’t have one of the new iPods, they have a mechanical female voice who will call out songs/playlists for you. The only variation I have seen to this is a creepy male voice, clearly of African descent, announcing “Ja-meal”. Maybe you are lucky enough to be listening on a different device. In which case something like your laptop deals you a direct dose of Jhameel without the stereotypical voice as a precursor.
Jhameel is one of those solo, loop pedal, masters. He arranges his songs by picking up unique instrument after unique instrument; layering each one to create a charming orchestra of peculiar, yet beautiful songs. The ice cream in the middle of the cake is Jhameel’s breathy, haunting vocals. If you liked any of our coverage of Chris Garneau, you are going to equally enjoy Jhameel.
There is also a bit of electro glitchery going on. Pair that with the soft and sweet vocals and you might find yourself making connections to Owl City or Postal Service. Don’t get too caught up thinking about Owl City though, I would put Jhameel much closer to Chris Garneau simply for the thought provoking lyrics. In fact, if you had to draw a graph describing where Jhamell’s sound fits in your electro/glitch/pop/crooners it would look a bit like this:
I just used pixlr.com to make that above image and boy was it tiring.
I’m posting two of my favorite tracks below. But I must say it was really hard to choose which two I liked best. It seems that each song is unique and powerful in its own way. I would assume that you will probably choose two completely different songs from the album.
You are in luck too, because you can download the whole album for free right now from Jhameel’s website. I wouldn’t sit on that offer though, ya never know how long something like that will last.
Below the songs you’ll also find a cool video of Jhameel performing live. The album and live act come off very different, and each is worth checking out. So after you watch the below video you might want to skip over to his YouTube Channel (there’s a Fleet Foxes cover there too!).