Boy! Isn’t the 80s making an unexpected comeback? Since the great success of Netflix’s Stranger Things, TV and Movie nostalgia has made a big splash into our culture, spawning also a great renaissance of the 90s. Now, in the case of music, this hasn’t made too much of an impact as everyone seems to be pulling their own usual hit and miss approaches. In fact, it seems like more bands from that period are leaving those influences and decade behind and embracing the modern era as a whole. But for those that stay truth to themselves, makes me wonder – what would happen to them?
Now for those like me that are new to Jarel Portman, we can’t say if either he’s trying to bring back that same 80s nostalgia into the music or he’s just doing what he has been doing his entire life. Whatever be the case, his latest album Supersonic is an amazing throwback into the New Wave era where weird synth effects were mandatory and the hype was real. The title track kicks off the album with an energy that you rarely get to listen these days, the chorus with the nasal and double vocals will remind more than one to the great Duran Duran. Things rarely slow down on this album, though “Make It OK” changes its tempo and goes for something rather artsy in the veins of David Bowie and “psychedelic” as in Dire Straits and Peter Gabriel.
By the end, you really stop and think if this is actually a new album or Portman is playing with us and he’s just re-releasing an album he had locked in a shelf. Either way, the most difficult thing on this record is to actually pick up a favorite song as about each of them it’s just better than the last one.
Overall, I can see many calling out this record a complete ripoff of many iconic bands from the 80s. Personally, it wouldn’t be too surprising and in some way those people would be right – but at least you are too bothered by that, if you can find the way to ignore it and really lose yourself into the sound, then you are definitely in for a journey. Me, personally, its already in my Spotify. You might wanna do the same?