New York City’s Jeremy and the Harlequins offer a collection of direct, straightforward rock ‘n’ roll on American Dreamer. With roots firmly grounded in the Fifties and Sixties, Jeremy and the Harlequins relied solely on their own instruments and voices to create the authentic, raw magic of American Dreamer, which was recorded completely in analog during a furious two-day session at Detroit’s legendary Tempermill Studios (the White Stripes, Loretta Lynn). Though the band cites influence from classic artists like Buddy Holly, their modern take will remind some listeners of recent releases by Arctic Monkeys or Hanni El Khatib.
The opening track, “Trip into the Light,”sets the high-energy and vividly nostalgic tone of the rest of the album, while “Cam Girl” juxtaposes the retro sonics with a 21st Century story about lusting after a girl “whose profile came up on my MacBook screen.” “Right Out of Love” is a doo-wop infused lullaby, with comforting vocals that contrast lyrics about falling out of love. From there, the album continues to showcase singer Jeremy Fury’s vocal dexterity and the band’s mastery of different sonic landscapes. Throughout the LP, Jeremy and the Harlequins show reverence for detail while taking listeners on an energetic and engaging journey through rock ‘n’ roll history.
“Jeremy Fury brings his band’s Sixties-esque strumming into the twenty-first century with lilting, energetic vocals.”
– Paste Magazine
“With some melancholy yet playful vibes reminiscent of both Elvis and Buddy Holly, the group of five stays true to their acoustic rock roots while mixing in their own definitive style. It’s not vintage—it’s retro.”
RIYL: Hanni El Khatib, The Black Keys, The Cramps, Tijuana Panthers, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Shannon & the Clams, Nick Waterhouse, Hunx & his Punx, The Gories, The Black Lips
Recommended Tracks: Track 1, “Trip Into the Light,” Track 3, “Cam Girl,” Track 4, “Right Out of Love,” Track 7, “White Star Bright Love,” Track 9, “You’re My Halo.”
FCC Warning: Track 2, “Heart of Stone”
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Label: Harlequins LLC