20/ Turn it Up!

Indwe - - Contents -

Elek­tra/At­lantic record­ing artists Ka­leo re­cently re­leased two new songs – “I Want More” and “Break My Baby” – writ­ten solely by front­man, lead singer and song­writer JJ Julius Son.

These mark the first new mu­sic since their 2016 break­out global suc­cess, A/B, which spawned three hit sin­gles for the Ice­landic rock band: the Gram­mynom­i­nated “No Good”; the gold-sell­ing “All The Pretty Girls”; and the chart-top­ping, twice plat­inum-cer­ti­fied “Way Down We Go,” which was used in over two dozen tele­vi­sion shows, lead­ing it to No. 1 on The Hol­ly­wood Re­porter’s Top TV Songs chart.

After amass­ing over a bil­lion global streams, 39 in­ter­na­tional cer­ti­fi­ca­tions, and count­less sold-out head­line shows span­ning from Lon­don to Moscow, Ka­leo wrapped a nearly non-stop three-year tour­ing sched­ule in sup­port of A/B in Oc­to­ber 2018. Since then, Julius Son has been in the stu­dio work­ing on their highly-an­tic­i­pated fol­low-up al­bum, due out later this year.

The com­bi­na­tion of globe-trot­ting and metic­u­lous tin­ker­ing has re­sulted in a wide spec­trum of sounds recorded around the world – in North Amer­ica, South Amer­ica, and across Europe. Re­fresh­ingly free of cal­cu­la­tion, Julius Son al­lows each tune to dic­tate its path, while si­mul­ta­ne­ously lean­ing into his blues, folk and rock in­cli­na­tions.

The va­ri­ety of sounds and im­agery found in both lead sin­gles comes nat­u­rally, Julius Son says. “I think that’s just me grow­ing up as a mu­si­cian and as a lis­tener. I would get so bored if I had to do the same thing or have to be boxed in and told what to do,” he adds of the evo­lu­tion of Ka­leo’s sound. “Ar­tis­ti­cally, there’s too many colours to just paint in black and white. So that’s just my cre­ative process. I didn’t know that I could sing falsetto un­til I wrote ‘All the Pretty Girls’, and I didn’t re­ally whis­tle un­til I wrote ‘Au­to­mo­bile’.”

From the very be­gin­ning of the care­free “I Want More”, it’s Julius Son’s faint whis­tles that lure lis­ten­ers in be­fore build­ing to the cho­rus’ bil­low­ing sonic wave of strings. And on the bluesy “Break My Baby”, the hooks and riffs groove and pro­pel his voice from a growl to a sour­ing falsetto.

“The songs cry out for a cer­tain sound and then I have to go and serve the song,” Julius Son ex­plains. “It was re­ally spe­cial to cre­ate this mu­sic while trav­el­ling the world – a stu­dio in Greece, string play­ers in Los Angeles at Capi­tol Stu­dios, ses­sions at Aero­naut Stu­dios in Reyk­javik, Ice­land, and count­less hours in Nashville. Each ses­sion fur­ther en­rich­ing the sound and bring­ing their own unique el­e­ments to the sur­face.”

Web­site: www.of­fi­cial­ka­leo.com Face­book: of­fi­cial­ka­leo

Twit­ter: @of­fi­cial­ka­leo

In­sta­gram: of­fi­cial­ka­leo

YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/Ka­le­oof­fi­cial

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa

© PressReader. All rights reserved.