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Phoenix – J-Boy

Phoenix has been a band that I’ve gone to for polished indie-pop when I just want to give myself some sort of mental break because of the simplicity of their sound (I can’t listen to Death Grips all day can I?). I love Phoenix for their upbeat, jangly and animated sound which I often use to compensate for the lack of good and solid pop songs (bless the likes of Carly Rae Jepsen for changing that fact). Phoenix’s music is usually pretty energetic and spirited which I think is lacking in “J-Boy”. The instrumentation is great, very reminiscent of Phoenix’s signature peppy synths. The synths in this track also bring to mind The Human League a little bit (not complaining since I’ve unashamedly sung out loud to “Don’t You Want Me”). But Mars’ autotuned vocals are a turn-off for me as it overshadows the charming hushed voice I’m so used to hearing from Mars’. It also kind of takes away from their romantic vision of love and desire since the autotune makes him sound more detached and dispassionate to me. I’d still play this song on repeat though, just until it grows on me.

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Indie-Pop Geniuses’ Return

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Phoenix | Bankrupt |

The band behind incredible indie pop tracks such as ‘Lisztomania’ and ‘Too Young’ is still standing strong with their fifth album ‘Bankrupt’. The album stuns you with a Chinese – like chime in ‘Entertainment’ that just gets you going and continues going with a chorus that gets you on a high “entertainment, show them what you do to me.”

It progresses with tracks like ‘The Real Thing’, ‘SOS in Bel Air’ and ‘Trying To Be Cool’ that leaves you feeling that you’re tapping your feet to the 80’s beat in Chinatown. And that’s not a bad thing, they’re extremely catchy and exhilirating.

But the thing to hear out here in my opinion is the transition from ‘Drakkar Noir’ to ‘Chloroform’. ‘Drakkar Noir’ sounds like a party anthem with the lead singer enthusiastically going on about a “jangle jungle, jingle jump before you stumble.” The end of this track then transitions into the next track ‘Chloroform’. It makes you feel lightheaded as the singer sings so kindly “my love, my love, my love is – cruel.”

The whole albums ends off with upbeat tracks like ‘Don’t’ and ‘Oblique City’ that just has that Tina Turner feeling with its fun drum beats and synthesizers. ‘Bankrupt’ is a journey through Phoenix’s indie-pop genius that is incredible.

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