Beats aren't lonely
I'm rarely attracted to peppy pop music. Except for, y'know, peppy power pop with understated monster hooks. J. Marco's sensibilities are of a time (the mid 80s, my high school salad days) that really appeals to me. How someone his age could put together a set of bashy new wave-ish rockers is beyond me.
More interesting to me, however, is the obvious influence of the Cure. In fact, I haven't heard an album that owes so much to Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me in ages. Marco's vocals are completely straightforward and unaffected, but the keyboard-laced guitar sound is an almost dead ringer for the poppier songs on that set.
Marco is peppier than Robert Smith in every way, so much so that I imagine a lot of people will look at this sideways after they give this a listen. That's cool. If you want to think of this as the "Heartbreaker Cure," you're on the right track. That's a marriage few have contemplated, I think.
It's not always a mistake to go back to the 80s. J. Marco shows just how fun such an excursion can be. Now, if he could only get Giorgio Moroder to do a few remixes, we might be in heaven.
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