Jordan Duguay is a 19-year-old artist based out of Quebec, Canada who has just released his debut EP titled Feel This Way. Being the first collection of songs Duguay has put on tape, this release shows some promise in Duguay’s musical career, as there are some hints of strong lyricism, catchy hooks and a raspy, pleasant vocal tone. However, I did find the structures and vocal melodies of the songs to be fairly repetitive and consistent, which, in the grand scheme of things, is not a very big deal, but when listening to the EP in its entirety, I found it to be moderately noticeable.
Although there is some repetition throughout the album, I found that Duguay uses a variety of genres throughout Feel This Way, which is pretty common for a debut release, as the artist is typically trying to find their niche. Feel This Way contains elements of folk, singer-songwriter, ambient and rock, which is pretty impressive given that the EP is just five songs long. I would say the bulk of the work is folky, however if you were to listen to the opening track, the word “folk” would never cross your mind. Hearing how comfortable Duguay is in each of these types of music foreshadows a bright future as a songwriter.
Personally, I think that the natural raspiness of Duguay’s voice goes best with the third track on the album, titled “Tongue Tied,” which is the token rock track on the EP. The punk-esque nature of the chord sequence combined with the bounce of the beat creates a nice pallet for Duguay’s raw sounding voice. In my opinion, Duguay sounds the most natural in this fast-paced, more raucous element.
The title track of the EP, “Feel This Way,” makes for a very nice exit with its more subtle, subdued yet emotional nature and simple chord progression. Duguay did a good job creating a lot of space in this song, allowing for the impassioned lyrics to be the focal point. Again, this EP definitely has its moments, and it absolutely shows promise. However if Duguay wants to mature as a songwriter, I feel that he needs to seek more variety in his voice.
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