JOG – Driftwood (Review)

Released Friday 10th May via Sun Turtle Records, please welcome Gerald James aka JOG. Here with his debut EP โ€˜Driftwoodโ€™, the four track EP was recorded straight to tape by David McAulay (Mogwai, King Creosote), and mastered by Joseph Carra (King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard). From just saying those names in the same sentence, I bet youโ€™re thinking this is going to a trippy journey? Youโ€™re absolutely correct.ย 

Title track “Driftwood” has an offbeat feel to it, not necessarily rhythmical, more sassy like. With an indie based rock groove, it sets the EP up to be a big liking for fans of Tame Impala and even King Giz fans. โ€œYesterdayโ€™s Malletโ€ glistens more brightly than Driftwood. Showcasing Geraldโ€™s vocals, itโ€™s a completely different approach to the first track. I can even heard influences of Nirvana and Elliott Smith buried in the bones of this track.

โ€œI Wonโ€™t Lookโ€ features a shoegazed guitar progression with a lazy approach. Itโ€™s a lot softer but holds a strong gaze into the eyes of the tune. To end the astonishing debut EP is the funk track โ€œKarbon Kopyโ€. Collaborating with Annabel on lead vocals, itโ€™s a modern take on an upbeat disco arrangement. Once again, we hear JOG being very versatile with his music genre. A wonderful introduction to an artist that will be stuck on my playlist for a while.ย 

Score: 7/10

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