Slow Dance with Jeremy Jay

February 18, 2009 at 2:37 am | Posted in K records, mp3, Music | 1 Comment
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A couple years ago I bought a Jeremy Jay 7 inch on K called We Were There.  It was a slice of pure synthpop joy with Jay sounding like Gary Numan and OMD all rolled up into one.  Last year I picked up his album A Place Where We Could Go in anticipation of getting more of the same.  That record was kind of a let down based on my expectations from the single.  It wasn’t a bad record, but there were hardly any synths on it, instead leaning more towards the folk of Jens Lekman, with a little flamboyance of Patrick Wolf.

With his new record Slow Dance the synth has returned, at least in the lead off track which is  We Were There that same song he put out as a single two years ago.  It’s not the only blatently 80’s sounding song on the record.  The Numan-Flock of Seaguls-OMD synths are prevalent throughout, but the never seem to be too over the top.  Jay tempers his 80’s infatuation with 50’s style swoon, Angelo Badalamenti and even a little spaghetti western.  Slow Dance easily avoids the sophomore slump curse, in fact this record easily bettering his previous one.  It is kind of frontloaded with the three best songs leading off the record., but the more I listen to the more I’m growing into less obvious songs like the title track and Will You Dance With Me?  Jay kind of settles in after that with the middle few songs sounding a bit alike.  He  perks up a little at the end with Breaking the Ice and the closer Where Could We Go Tonight.  The latter is full of cheesy 80’s synths, being played over top of cracking  guitar riff.

mp3: Jeremy Jay – We Were There (from Slow Dance, out 24 March on K)

mp3: Jeremy Jay – In This Lonely Town (from Slow Dance)

Jeremy Jay will be hitting the road this spring.  Actually he’s already on the road over in Europa.  He hits the American shores in March, kicking off his US tour at SXSW.  Here are the dates.

Feb 14 KING GEORGE     KOLN
Feb 15 de nieuwe anita ( DNA CLUB )     AMSTERDAM
Feb 16 Hafenklang     HAMBURG
Feb 17 SO36     BERLIN
Feb 18 Cafe Des agnes     STRASBOURG
Feb 19 Point Ephemere     PARIS, Ile-de-France
Feb 20 ROUTE DU ROCK FESTIVAL     SAINT MALO
Feb 21 CCCB Museum     BARCELONA
Feb 22 Salon Teatro     Galacia
Feb 24 Sala Acapulco (Casino de Asturias)     GIJON
Feb 25 MOBY DICK     MADRID
Feb 26 Malandar club     Seville
Feb 27 SALA INDUSTRIAL COPERA     GRENADA
Feb 28 LA LATA DE BOMBILLAS     ZARAGOZA
Mar 1 Midi Concerts     toulon
Mar 2 LE MARQUISE     LYON
Mar 3 TAGO MAGO     MARINA DI MASSA
Mar 4 LOCOMOTIVE CLUB     BOLOGNA
Mar 5 ARENA     VIENNA
Mar 6 CLUB 007 STRAHOV w/ Botanica     PRAGUE
Mar 7 THE PALACE     st. gallen
Mar 9 Saint Des Seins     TOULOUSE
Mar 18-22 SXSW     AUSTIN, TX
Apr 2 THE SMELL     LOS ANGELES, CA
Apr 3 CAFE DU NORD     SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Apr 4 THE PARTISIAN     MERCED, CA
Apr 5 LUIGIS FUN GARDEN     SACRAMENTO, CA
Apr 7 SUNSET TAVERN     SEATTLE, WA
Apr 8 KPSU PRESENTS @ ROTTURE     PORTLAND, OR
Apr 9 CHERRY CITY MUSIC FESTIVAL     SALEM, OR
Apr 10 JEWEL BOX RENDEVOUS     SEATTLE, WA
Apr 11 THE PEANUT GALLERY     VANCOUVER, BC
Apr 12 THE NORTHERN Slow Dance” Record Release Show     OLYMPIA, WA
Apr 22 Gooski’s     PITTSBURG, PA
Apr 23 TALKING HEAD CLUB     BALTIMORE, MD
Apr 24 UNION HALL     BROOKLYN, NY
Apr 25 THE SILENT BARN     NEW YORK CITY, NY
Apr 26 VELVET LOUNGE     WASHINGTON, DC
Apr 27 PHILADELPHIA     PHILADELPHIA, PA
Apr 28 T.T. THE BEARS     BOSTON, MA
Apr 29 ZOO BIZARRE     MONTREAL
Apr 30 BUG JAR     ROCHESTER NY
May 1 BEACHLAND BALLROOM CLEVELAND, IA
May 2 THE EMPTY BOTTLE     CHICAGO, IL
May 22 THE SMELL     LOS ANGELES, CA

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  1. review of new record: http://wallernotweller.wordpress.com/2010/06/15/review-jeremy-jay-splash-k-records/


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