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CD REVIEW: The One in the Many by Jupiter in Velvet

Few performers on the modern scene invest as much time or forethought into their songwriting and presentation as Jupiter in Velvet. It isn’t even particularly a stretch to refer to him as a conceptually minded performer in the mold of David Bowie, but there’s much more of a brawling rocker spirit in Jupiter in Velvet than there ever was in Ziggy Stardust. Much of the album has a positive point of view and centers a lot of its attention on extolling the strengths of the individual. The album’s sound reflects this – instruments are typically tuned to the key of exuberant and often seem like they are leaping out of the speakers. Even at its slowest moments, there’s a real snap and rambunctiousness to what Jupiter in Velvet does and it comes off with charismatic vividness that’s difficult to forget.

The album’s production has a heated, claustrophobic quality. The rockier songs like the album’s opener “Rule Your Day” sound like they were cut live in the same room as the listener. The drumming is positioned particularly high in the mix and provides a constant and energetic pulse for the song. Jupiter in Velvet alternates the heavy pulse with lighter sections in the song’s second half. There’s tremendous tension evident from the first seconds of “Lose Yourself” onward and Jupiter in Velvet only amps it up as the song continues. His ability to summon up bludgeoning textures from his guitar while effortlessly gliding back into softer passages is quite remarkable to hear. Anthemic qualities are quite apparent on the album’s third song, “Peace This Thing Together”, but Jupiter in Velvet has the good taste to orchestrate the elements correctly and build it into something musically substantive rather than out of character musical pandering.

The likely highlight of the release as a whole comes with “Everyone’s Looking 4 Something They Can’t Find”. This track makes a case for being the fullest realization of Jupiter in Velvet’s sound yet, across every release, and makes a memorable impression thanks to its deft juggling of seemingly disparate styles. “2Day is the Day” has high entertainment value with its physical tempo and appealing pop oriented vocals while “Only Your Love” is the album’s last song with a pared back rock attack largely shorn of added adornments. The album’s finale, “Keep Your Eye on the Pearl”, is a return to the edginess heard on “Lose Yourself” and Jupiter in Velvet sounds positively delirious from its intensity at certain points. The One in the Many ends on the same monumental note that has propelled much of its running order. Few artists in modern music write and record albums oozing with such apparently effortless inspiration. Jupiter in Velvet is much more than just a mere indie musician. He is a performer, songwriter, views human relations with a poet’s eye, and never fails to commit himself to the material with the same passion he seeks to elicit from others. The One in the Many will find adherents across the board and its widespread appeal is assured.

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by Lydia Hillenburg

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The likely highlight of the release as a whole comes with “Everyone’s Looking 4 Something They Can’t Find”. This track makes a case for being the fullest realization of Jupiter in Velvet’s sound yet, across every release, and makes a memorable impression thanks to its deft juggling of seemingly disparate styles. “2Day is the Day” has high entertainment value with its physical tempo and appealing pop oriented vocals while “Only Your Love” is the album’s last song with a pared back rock attack largely shorn of added adornments. The album’s finale, “Keep Your Eye on the Pearl”, is a return to the edginess heard on “Lose Yourself” and Jupiter in Velvet sounds positively delirious from its intensity at certain points. The One in the Many ends on the same monumental note that has propelled much of its running order. Few artists in modern music write and record albums oozing with such apparently effortless inspiration. Jupiter in Velvet is much more than just a mere indie musician. He is a performer, songwriter, views human relations with a poet’s eye, and never fails to commit himself to the material with the same passion he seeks to elicit from others. The One in the Many will find adherents across the board and its widespread appeal is assured.

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