The Llama Reviews: j a b o b o - EP

I’ve received a friendly message from a band I kindly reviewed on this season of the Stubble Beat Podcast. Their song Repeat was an instant favorite of mine. There’s something magical about this sound. Mix surf rock with fast pace progressive jazz, and you’ve discovered this golden nugget of a band with vibes akin to The Mattson 2 and Vulfpeck. I’d liken the discovery of this band to the time I mustered up the courage to ask the cute clerk at a taco stand in Austin the name of a band playing- but never texted her back because I was too busy listening to Khruangbin.

Jabobo - stylized as j a b o b o - grabbed my attention as soon as I pressed play. The hit me straight in the face with their track Repeat. I don’t know where these guys are from, but this album is awesome. The lead singer's vibrato on sustain motes is unusually chilling in the greatest of ways.

Walk Through Snow could be the worst song on this project. But I only say this because it seems like playlist just keeps getting better. The lead singer’s voice is the prominent feature on the record, neatly decorated in the reverb and delay. Like all great jam rock, this song is ended with a creative and somewhat soulful guitar solo (look, I would love to give credit to the individuals in this band, but they’ve gotta update their social media- hint hint).

If the second track, Free Makes the World Go Round, is true, then I things this song is my gravitational pull. Excellent decision to add the pan-happy outro.

A Piece of You of a jazz theme straight out of your favorite 80s cop drama. Even down to the saxophone solo that would do Steve Gregory, Bill Bergman and Kenny G proud. Such a phenomenal ending to a well-crafted EP.

I’m not sure when the full EP will be available, but four out of five tracks are currently available for online streaming/purchase.

Bottom Line: Get out your lawn chair, your grandma daisy’s Grateful Dead towels, and get ready for this quarantined summer in warm vibes of a new band. There’s no need for ranking of the tracks because this is a solid listen from start to finish.

The Best Track(s): Walk Through Snow, Fire Makes the World Go Round, Repeat, Piece of You

The “So-So” Track(s): DIY Masterpiece

-Cult Influence/Potential: 10/10 -Lyricism: 9/10 -Artwork/Visuals: 7/10 -Originality: 9/10 -Range of Style: 8/10  -Choice of Style: 10/10 -Delivery/Performance: 10/10 -First Impression/Enjoyment: 8/10 -Staying Power: 10/10 Final Score: 9.1/10

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Llama Ruckus is an aspiring songwriter and producer from Atlanta, Georgia. His primary genre is trip-hop; blends of elements from funk, surf rock, chill hop, blues, synthpop, and psychedelic rock/jazz.


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