Jhameel’s biography states that he can speak four different languages. Funkiness was not listed among those four, but judging by many of the tracks on his sophomore LP The Human Condition, this kid is fluent. He concocts a really interesting mix of orchestral instruments, guitars, synthesizers and solid percussion. The vocals are earnest without being overwrought. Jhameel plays all the instruments present on The Human Condition, which is impressive as well.
The melodies on this album are undeniably catchy. The songs range from folkish ballads to funky romps like the title track that we give to you here. There are elements of all the bands that Jhameel lists as influences — Phoenix, MGMT, Jonsi and Sufjan Stevens — but melds them into a style that is distinctly his.
Check out “The Human Condition”, along with a cover of Fleet Foxes’ “White Winter Hymnal”. And for an interesting look at how he plays all those instruments, check out a video of Jhameel covering The Knife’s “Heartbeat”. Also, try not to smile when listening to “How Many Lovers” as well.
You can download the whole gosh darn album at Jhameel’s website. Trust me, it’s worth it. Something from it will be stuck in your head today.