Jon Shina makes cool, original music – that’s a fact. It’s fun, unpretentious and has a large array of sounds to choose from and most importantly it is refreshingly original. If I had to compare it to something it might be Max Tundra because of the massive orgy of sounds that you wouldn’t even think would work together but somehow do. His album entitled Doo Over mixes so many great organic instruments with clever electronic elements and samples. It really is a pleasure to listen to someone who has a creative talent to be able to assemble so many different sounds and make sense of them.
The album starts with “Doo Over’ which has awesome, ferocious drums and sustained guitar leads that if it wasn’t for their tone might not work but it totally does and is a great, short starter. The second track “25 Maple” brings things up a notch with a surplus of sounds including organs, dirty drums, various synths, samples, and cool breakdown that has some great lead vocals. Listen to this track – it’s really good! It kind of reminded me of The Books in how the parts changed so often and something new and exciting was just around the corner. The good times continue with “Surrounded By Plastic” which is as original as it is catchy. Possibly the most experimental song in the album is “Super Duper Girl’ with so many different samples and changes that it might make the most tantalizing listen on the album. “Child of the Nineties” closes the album and continues with the intricate programming and adds another shade of unique
drum programming. Just go and listen to this album already–Do it!
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