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Review:: American Dreamer | Jeremy & The Harlequins

New York band, Jeremy & The Harlequins channel an “All-American” rock n’ roll flare possessing an authentic, old school sound to shake up the mainstream music scene. The boys deliver a revival of the classic bluesy rock n’ roll genre with hopeless and poetic love songs. Their album, American Dreamer, written in just one week, is a result of a fun spirited compilation of 10 tracks that is sure to bring out everyones inner beach bum and badass.

Elvis serves as a striking example of resemblance, physically and stylistically, in vocalist Jeremy Fury. This band transports your mind into a different era of what life would be like growing up in the 1950’s and 60’s. As opposed to the modern indie rock that listeners have now come accustomed to as the norm, Jeremy & The Harlequins are a quirky breath of fresh air.

The track “Right Out of Love” is a prime example of their staple
of relaxing, upbeat vibes deriving from the guitar and dreamy vocals; it just puts you in a good mood, like you’re teleporting through time while “Cam Girl” is a lighthearted and playful coming-of-age song. The band does an immaculate job with balancing and maintaining a consistent, simple sound and music style throughout the album that reads as classic and timeless.

“Sunlight in the Rain” shows their tender side slowing it down with a whimpering love song exaggerated by quirky vocals that pair beautifully with the chords of the guitar. They tend to embrace a subtle island feel reminiscent of the Beach Boys through their pleasing guitar chords heightened with a badass flare.

Jeremy & The Harlequins have mastered the ability to disguise their more somber lyrics and mask them with a contagious ditty as heard on the tracks, “Some Days” and “You’re My Halo”. Some tracks are fun, flirty and even a little immature at times in their lyrics, but it is intentional; this is what makes the overall album so authentic because they are intentionally putting their own youthful spin on classic rock n’ roll. Each song is crafted wonderfully and thoughtfully to exude the imagery of love in all of its phases in ones life.

Being a new band, I find it too early to tell exactly how they will go about making their mark in music, especially in the mainstream spotlight. However, I have a strong inkling that they will have no problem gaining a devoted fan base.

Regardless of your music taste, one can respect their organic musical talent that is captured when listening to their album as it sounds as if they were doing a live show, free of musical manipulations that a recording studio environment brings. Their album rewrites the rules in defining the classic, vintage feel of rock n’ roll that today seems to be less prevalent in the current generation; needless to say, it will make you want to boogie down like a dancing fool.

Release Date: Feb 10th, 2015
Rating: 3/5
Run time: ~30 minutes

Track listing:
1. Trip Into The Light
2. Heart Of Stone
3. Cam Girl
4. Right Out Of Love
5. Some Days
6. Moonlight
7. White Star Bright Love
8. Settle Down
9. You’re My Halo
10. Sunlight In The Rain

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