Last year Love Jupiter released their self-titled album Love Jupiter, which relied on distorted guitars, crashing drums and cathartic singing to bring you a heavy rock album that paid homage to some of the dinosaurs of rock from the past and present. The band is building upon that momentum and recently released 1967, which is a continuation of the narrative of Love Jupiter’s debut album. According to the band “it’s the story of one man - The Man in Flames - a ghost tied to this earth as he traverses time and space on a mission to reunite with his beloved.”
After listening to 1967 I’d have to say that it’s an extremely dynamic release. Throughout the twenty minutes of music the band goes from parts that rely on softly sung passages with even softer guitars to soaring heights of the band working in unison to bring you to climaxes that cease to end.
Perhaps the best example of this is the first song “Andrea Doria,” which starts with a sole clean guitar progression before the band explodes with power. Without much warning the band quickly simmers down until they emerge once again but this time even more triumphant. The band starts to ride a hypnotic wave of distortion and vocal harmonies before coming to a close.
“I Can’t Touch” is another dynamic song, which does not adhere to a simple verse-chorus-verse structure. The band weaves in and out of parts strategically restraining certain instruments. This song displays the band’s inventive nature and willingness to experiment. “Castle” rides a more consistent wave but the band employs what sounds like a backward type effect that really works with the song while “Boom 1967” is more like an experimental sound piece than a song. They close with the most straightforward song on the album called “Love A Man.” It’s a solid rock song and I was glad they ended with a memorable impression.
Love Jupiter isn't your standard rock band. They are mixing things up on 1967, which makes for a fun yet unpredictable listen.
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