Ever wonder what some of music’s iconic names would sound like if they debuted in 2014 instead of 20 or 30 years ago? Fortunately for artists of the past, most sound trends are cyclical as illustrated in some of the emerging bands and artists like Seattle, Washington songwriter Jaimze. I first heard Jaimze through a unique song about Aliens that reminded me of a little Weird Al mixed with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. I spent some more time diving into his deeper songbook. The discoveries were very fun and engaging.
Man I Am builds in an unconventional way to illuminate a similar style (once again) to early work from David Bowie, culminating in an enjoyable chorus and hook that lend to a second (or more) listen. In Kinda Blue, Jaimze takes a page out of a different styled songbook, something along the lines of Axl Rose or Pink Floyd. Lyrics don’t delve too deep, but it’s not necessary. Love lost is a self-explanatory experience and this song illustrates it well enough. She Was So Young has a slow and somewhat odd start through to the chorus and bridge where it comes into its own.
All in all, Jaimze does a good job modernizing the 80s sound of David Bowie while also tapping into other notable icons of the past 40 years.
The Under The Airport song is a fun little tune about aliens. The video is a good trip as well.