John Deluxe is a musician from Philadelphia. The artist recently released The Cure and mentions: “This album is my attempt to return to my roots. I enjoy traditional song writing and performances very much, so I wanted to touch upon that with this release as well as upcoming releases. I wanted to tell stories, and possibly motivate myself as well as others to find progress and positivity even during darker times.”
Within about thirty seconds of this EP I was getting major David Bowie vibes especially in terms of the vocals. To be even more specific these songs felt like they were influenced by ’70s style vocals.
The EP opens with the title song called “The Cure'' which relies on a basic 4/4 beat, a couple guitars and atmospheric synths. It’s a fun and psychedelic song with a really great hook. Sometimes with psychedelic there’s a heaviness to it but not in this case. It seemed more playful. This song felt like a highlight to me.
Up next is “All the Right People'' and there’s a mix between a ’70s and an ’80s aesthetic on this. The groove drives and the synths give it a nice atmospheric quality. Similar to the previous song the vocal melodies are memorable. The digital sounding horns which rise were great and added additional dynamics.
“Darlene Betty” is a little more soulful and jazzy. There’s also some spoken word and the vocals feel like there is a conversation between two people. The mixing also helped in creating separation between the vocals. I loved how the groove builds into something very danceable.
“I’ve Been Waiting” is the ballad and it felt like a perfect closer. This is such a glam heavy ballad. On top of the Bowie reference I was thinking of Roxy Music. Great closer.
If you’re a Bowie fan the influence feels very apparent which is really my only critique. On that note the songs are very well written and delivered. It’s a nice throwback to glam and ’70s inspired psychedelia. Recommended.
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