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The Things –  Jordy Pearce (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Just when I have resigned myself to being that stereotypical oldie, moaning about things not being as good as they used to be and being able to remember when all this was fields (….of the Nephilim*) along comes someone to remind me of how good things really are. That there was no past golden age of music, that things are no better nor worse than they have ever been, and that there are always clever people coming along with refreshing and interesting music if you know where to look for it.

I must confess that I get wary when confronted by a ukulele, I remember the uke-pop overkill of 2015 when no self-respecting popster would be seen without one in public but this, thankfully, feels different. Very different.

Take the opening salvo Cogs for example, the pesky little four stringer is in there somewhere but it still sounds like quintessentially English pop music rather than an advert for pineapple topped pizzas. And pop it is, carefully constructed, lyrically driven, thoughtful and rather well done  at that. I Remember drives on a thudding kick drum beat dressed up with delicate strings and hazy, half-heard harmonies and Your Favourite Place breaks out the understated soul groove.

The EP rounds off with Music Manic which is simultaneously the most complex, most interesting and probably least overtly commercial of the quartet. But for me that is where the good stuff is found; fuzzed out guitar, strange and sonorous sonar sounds, the lyrics delivered by half raps, world weary singing and distant radio voices. Slightly weird, wonderfully compelling!

No matter what your tastes in pop music Jordy has it covered, genres are mixed, styles-spliced, pop-divides lept in a single bound. But the greatest thing about this young artist’s opening musical statement is that it is both commercial and cultish. The pop pickers will love its easy ways and the more underground movers and shakers will kill for the bragging rights of being the first to its sonic treasures. Great stuff…hmmm, maybe I’m not so stuck in my ways after all.

*Give me a break, I’ve been waiting to use that joke for over 20 years!

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