19 Feb 2018
UsernamePassword

Remember Me? | Join | Recover
Click here to sign in via social networking

Jas Josland - Album Review: See What You Did There

03 Feb 2018 // A review by butch181
See What You Did There is Jas Josland's debut album consisting of 11 tracks and a total run-time of almost 37 minutes. With only one song breaking the four-minute mark, these tracks on the debut album are on the shorter side, running less than three and a half minutes long, on average.

Opening the album with Change, we can get an idea of the recording style, with a decidedly human sounding album; with the use of feedback to add to the ambient noise of the track, and the squeaks when changing chords are clearly audible, not being digitally removed in post. Josland's voice is smooth and sultry, but feels like the speaking voice is used, singing with the throat vs the diaphragm; maintaining great control over note and timbre, but lacking volume and projection.

With guitar riffs involving simple chord progressions, and a minimalistic drum beat, the focal point of the opening tracks on the album comes from Josland's vocal efforts. Without proper projection of her voice, the overall sound lacks the strength that I was hoping to hear and instead relies on lyrical content and harmonies to keep listener interest.

There is a tempo change with Blue Eyes, with the addition of some trumpet, and adventurous drum fills. More variety in the vocal style and a distinct verse-chorus structure gives the track a sense of energy and enthusiasm that gets the blood pumping. With a reggae/ska angle, it creates diversity in the song, that makes it incredibly exciting to listen to, and will no doubt get crowd energy up during live performances. A definite stand-out on the album.

Lie To Yourself (which has already been reviewed separately here) was released as a single in December, has a change in vocal style that continues throughout the remainder of the album, with a much stronger sound with a deep, smoky voice, that has a similar style to Gin Wigmore. Another high tempo track with good energy.

Album's in general often try to create a journey for the listener to go through. See What You Did There gains momentum and confidence as the album progresses. Almost as if the album was recorded in one take from start to finish, each subsequent song, involves greater variety and complexity, both instrumentally and vocally, making use of Josland's wide range, with sultry deep notes and sharp twangs.

In the latter half of the album, Ditched and Awkward Eyes brings it back to to the ballad rock feel, with the more softly spoken tracks that have their strength in their emotive lyrics. The two tracks pair very well with adjacent stages of the same lyrical topic. Where The Hell Were You? is an interesting choice for the album. A song that was written for a family currently facing a very big legal battle after their sister/daughter/mother was apparently murdered but covered up as a suicide.

A varied album that has enough diversity to keep your interest, but has an overall melancholic vibe throughout much of it. The central tracks, Blue Eyes through Money, are the strongest tracks showcasing vocal and instrumental ability. An overall emotive album with overwhelmingly relatable lyrics spread through a deliciously smooth voice.


Review written by Alex Moulton

About Jas Josland

A little bit of this and a little bit of that - is how Jas Josland describes her music - almost like a recipe book with strong Influences ranging from 60's to the new artists surfacing the music world today. '! After living in Asia and Europe - Jas insists that people watching is the key to her success of song writing. "When you can't quite speak the language - you learn a lot by watching and listening. Jas has just recorded her first album and is headed to Europe for some Summer time Touring.




Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Jas Josland

Releases

See What You Did There
Year: 2018
Type: Album

Other Reviews By butch181

Gig Review: Robbie Williams with Tami Neilson @ Spark Arena, Auckland 14/02/2018
15 Feb 2018 // by butch181
Spark Arena has been completely changed since last night’s Paramore concert, now utilising the full arena space, and with additional stage pieces running down the centre of the Standing Floor area, the air is full of anticipation in what looks to be an immersive experience. The only opening act for the night came in the form of Tami Neilson, a country & soul singer/songwriter, and Silver Scroll winner.
Read More...
Gig Review: Paramore @ Spark Arena, Auckland 13/02/2018
14 Feb 2018 // by butch181
The crowd was bustling as Auckland’s Spark Arena slowly filled up. Not a full arena show, but the stage had been brought forward enough to ensure everyone was crowded in together.
Read More...
Jed Parsons - Single Review: Get Lost
03 Feb 2018 // by butch181
Get Lost is the debut single from Jed Parsons, and makes a heck of an introduction. Composed of an almost mediocre arrangement that has had dissonance and discord purposefully inserted into it, to present a juxtaposition of the normal and the fantasy.
Read More...
Gig Review: End of an Era Night 2 @ Kings Arms, Auckland - 27/01/2018
30 Jan 2018 // by butch181
I wasn't present for the Night 1 performances of the End of an Era shows, but by all accounts from those that had been there, it had been a great night with a good turnout, especially considering it was competing with large international acts performing at other venues (such as Pink Floyd's Roger Waters at Spark Arena). So I was definitely looking forward to the nights' performances.
Read More...
Marina Bloom and Moving Stuff - Album Review: When I Am Gone
16 Jan 2018 // by butch181
The piano is an often under-recognised and under-utilised instrument. Even though the majority of musicians in this modern day will use a keyboard, it's often to play more "exotic" sounding instruments.
Read More...
VAZEY - Single Review: Dreamers
16 Jan 2018 // by butch181
Dreamers is a well-balanced, light, summery track. While the track feels simplistic in its overall sound, the lead guitar provides properly weighed riffs, that complement the melody and vocals of the track without overpowering the rest of the composition.
Read More...
Mitch Alderlieste - Single Review: Breathe
18 Dec 2017 // by butch181
Mitch Alderlieste’s latest release is a light airy piece, that follows along the lines of Travis’ Why Does It Always Rain On Me? And Robbie William’s Angels.
Read More...
EP Review: Medusa Glare
18 Dec 2017 // by butch181
Medusa Glare is the self-titled debut album for the four-piece Hamilton rock act. Coming up to their fourth anniversary since their creation they have released this four-track EP, all with track lengths in the four-minute range (anybody else thinks they should have named the EP Four or IV?
Read More...
View All Articles By butch181

NZ Top 10 Singles

  • GOD'S PLAN
    Drake
  • FINESSE (REMIX)
    Bruno Mars And Cardi B
  • ALL THE STARS
    Kendrick Lamar And SZA
  • THESE DAYS
    Rudimental feat. Jess Glynne, Macklemore And Dan Caplen
  • PERFECT
    Ed Sheeran
  • IDGAF
    Dua Lipa
  • I FALL APART
    Post Malone
  • MINE
    Bazzi
  • MEANT TO BE
    Bebe Rexha And Florida Georgia Line
  • NEVER BE THE SAME
    Camila Cabello
View the Full NZ Top 40...
muzic.net.nz Logo
100% New Zealand Music
All content on this website is copyright to muzic.net.nz and other respective rights holders. Redistribution of any material presented here without permission is prohibited.
Report a ProblemReport A Problem