Shane Jarvie-Kohn aka Jarvie is a musician from Melbourne, Australia who recently released Amature. His EP contains four songs all of which are rock oriented that meld sub genres like shoegaze and alternative.
He opens with “Kitty Cat Kelamine” which wastes no time. The song bursts out of the gate with a driving beat. A slightly distorted but reverb laced guitar and a steady bass are in front of the mix. It drives and cuts through with razor sharp guitars. The vocals are low in the mix like typical shoegaze fashion. It’s an energetic opening song.
“Thank You” delves more into the shoegaze aesthetic not too far away from a band like The Jesus and Mary Chain. I loved the guitar work on this song especially the lead work around the two-minute mark. The sort of classic shoegaze sound that was established in the early ’90s is done very well with this song.
Next up is “Harmonic Scalpel” which contains a fun, infectious melody. I couldn’t even tell if this song has vocals. There are moments where I thought I was hearing a vocal very buried in the mix. Either way I thought the groove was dance worthy. Last up is “Tight” and it is a song that melds shoe gaze with post-punk. You can hear shades of Joy Division on the verse. It was nice to have the song breathe a little bit and really hear the bass part.
I think fans of shoegaze, especially fans of bands like My Bloody Valentine, The Jesus and Mary Chain and even The Stone Roses, will really like this. The EP felt cohesive and I definitely had a good sense of what the artist was trying to accomplish. Recommended.
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