Album Premiere: Jordan Romero – Sunrises America

Posted by on December 18, 2014

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If 2014 showed anything, it’s that bedroom pop producers with lo-fi aesthetics are alive and well. Through sincere songwriters like Jerry Paper and Ben Varian and up to relatively “big” names like Ariel Pink and John Maus, pop music in the lower tiers has been riding a rewarding wave more than ever before. And in many respects, “pop” music is the hardest genre to master. And whether in terms of mainstream radio and Billboard “hits” or lo-fi, bedroom recordings, there’s no denying the perfected combination of catchy melody, sincere lyrics and genuine arrangements is a tricky beast to tame. Jordan Romero is a newcomer who’s just issued Sunrises America, a dim set of lo-fi lovers’ rock obsessed with found sounds and tape manipulation. Overall, a sweetly seductive bout of outsider pop. The album opens with “Good Evening”, a warped and muted bedding down for a night of peculiar foreplay. Soon enough, a blitz of tape infidelities crashes through, making way for the fluorescent bomp of “Jamaican Breeze.” The distant but focused drum machine carries the sweet ambiance and ephemeral odds and ends, including various chimes and percussive color. Through Sunrises, the narrative retreats into utter oblivion, dissolving into a blurred series of surreal, globe- and genre-hopping glee. The approach is similar to that of Rick Weaver’s darkly ethereal edits. The other real draw is Romero’s incidental transitions, compiling various found sounds and stray dialogue from anonymous and curious sources. Distant and distorted micro-scenes of curious action fill every crevice of Sunrises, creating a total classic of eccentric pop. Check out the entire LP below, presented as a single track. Copies of Sunrises are available now on vinyl (Weather Patterns) and cassette (Soft Science).