Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Jayomi's surf psyche rock "Tropical Wasteland" inspires Britney Spears dance moves and Whoppers

It is not often that you hear a vast surf rock song that begins with a dramatic violin that if presented cleanly could be the beginning of a classical piece but dirtied feels more like something from a 1970's Italian horror movie. This is the case with Jayomi's Tropical Wasteland as drums rumble in and the violin does a rad power slide as the song descends into dirty surf rock guitar while that violin (in a wash of reverb) provides a dreamy and melodic background. Jon Wu's vocals provide the storytelling in an almost measured art rockish way while the music whirls around it. Tropical Wasteland is an interesting mix of flavors and time frames. With the violin lines, yet heavy surf rock sound and flourishes into punk pop filtered through a kind of art rock / psyche rock aesthetic I thought of the iconic Moody Blues, Spindrift and Thee Oh Sees all rolled up into one. The Official Video for Tropical Wasteland features Britney Spears dance moves and Whoppers fed to Wu like grapes. What's not to like?

Jayomi hails from Seattle and are Jon Wu (guitar, violin, vox, Lizz Slabaugh (bass, vox), Casey Hudlow (drums) and Francisco Solis (guitar). 

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Robb Donker

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