In 2017 a lot of music gets made in dorm rooms. It wasn’t too long ago that you actually had to go into a studio to make music. I look at this approach as a good way to get ideas and hopefully the artist eventually hits a pro studio. That's the way I felt with the release Office Hours by Jesse Magenta. The EP which is about six minutes contains some great music but some of the virtual instruments like the stock drums didn’t have the natural dynamics of a real set.
I felt like the three songs were more ideas than fully fleshed out songs. There are some interesting concepts that get introduced but don’t evolve into much else. Up first is “The Real Entry” which combines an electric piano, a standard hip-hop beat and the silky, soft spoken vocals. The vocal melody is catchy and there is a notable instrumental breakdown. The song however does not introduce a hook which could have filled it up.
Up next is “The Oyster” which is the best track of the three. I couldn't help but think of Grimes on this track because of the vocal harmonies. I say that as a compliment. The song gets a little more dynamic as it progresses but there is not another vocal melody introduced which is the song needed.
The last track “Ur Out” is the most experimental track with some interesting effect sand percussive effects. That being said the song feels like an introduction and never gets moving.
I started going to school for music over fifteen years ago. It wasn’t till after I graduated did I feel like I had a good understanding of composition. The reason I mention this is that artists have time on their side being just freshmen in college. I would encourage the artist to get out of the dorm room and try and collaborate with live musicians as well as continue to dig deeper into modern production techniques. That is a certified way to progress fast and get ideas.
Overall, Jesse Magenta is a case of wait and see. I know there will be a good amount of evolution if the artist keeps at it.
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