Instant People might as well be called an instant success because this album not only delivers the right dose of entertainment that this much anticipated album was expected to but so much more. Instant People are a Los Angeles based indie band with Cal Campbell, Ry Jarred and Siggy Sjursen who finally came out with their debut album Play and Rewind. Siggy Sjursen (bass) is a multi-instrumentalist who has professionally played with bands as diverse as Poe and Powerman 5000 and was also the musical director for Solange Knowles. Cal Campbell (drums) is the son of country legend Glen Campbell. Cal is a multi-instrumentalist who also honed his passion for engineering and production. The three friends became the band that would back Cal's father on his Goodbye Tour. For the past 2 years they have been playing to sold out venues around the world, US talk shows – Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien and Ellen DeGeneres as well as UK shows. Their music has been synced for network television, and in the UK they have had early support from Janice Long and have appeared live on Dermot O' Leary's show.
The band describes themselves as having a unique style and being influenced by no particular band or genre, and their debut reflects that. Out of the gates you know this band is something special with "Into The Wonder". It contains an infectious vocals that is almost as fun to listen to as the banjo. The song “Believe” has a very upbeat rhythm, with guitar riffs that grab you instantly, along with lyrics such as “into a brand new day, we will watch the city build back up again. There was an alarm to hear, a bright light to fear, a reckoning from the pain. I’m bringing back these good intentions,” that keep you suspended in midair. In sharp contrast, “King’s Sleep” is a very deep song that is slower paced and contains harmonious vocals paired with background piano that showcases the true art of what this band is about. I can only describe the energy similar to Radiohead in the 90s. They crafted the mundane into anything but. However, unlike this band, their lyrics have a sense of optimism that is hard to compare.
If you want to listen to an album that is full of surprises, has touching lyrics that matches perfectly with spot on vocals, guitar and keyboard, I feel you should check this album out. This album is perfect for the person who likes soft rock, pop or just something completely out of the ordinary all together. With masterly crafted lyrics, this album is great for picking that one song you want to play again and again, or to listen to the entire album when you have free time and want to vent out your frustrations to the world.
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