Slow Dance CD - K

Blessed with a voice fit to grace the finest teen tragedies, Los Angeles and Paris-based alt-crooner Jeremy Jay delivers a striking set of aching 1950s-infused disco-pop on his sophomore LP, Slow Dance. A sparse collection of rhythmic indie-pop shot through with the ghosts of Buddy Holly and Gene Vincent, the follow-up to last year's well-received A Place Where We Could Go is an urgent blast of shimmering late night guitar music. Understated yet utterly compelling, Slow Dance lifts Jay beyond the realm of alt-folk troubadour to that of dance floor poet, fitting perfectly with his preferred environs of punk clubs and house parties. From the rolling disco of the title track to the melancholic indie-dance of "Breaking The Ice," this song-set is a significant creative leap for the hugely talented young singer-songwriter. Indebted in equal measure to Dion & The Belmonts and Talking Heads, Jay's idiosyncratic fusion of haunting 1950s pop and nightclub-drenched new wave is enchanting. Out of step with the current musical climate, this sparse distillation of pop and dance points to a bold new direction for American indie rock. (Toby Rogers)



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