It’s no secret that we’ve been anticipating Jarell Perry’s Debut LP, Simple Things, for more than a hot minute. Released earlier last week, Perry and his camp decided to drop the LP for free.
It’s easy to draw comparisons between Jarell and the current class of Alt-R&B cross genre artists which includes Miguel, Frank Ocean, and The Weeknd. As indicative of this class of talents, Perry and producer Hassan musically dip into aural exchanges between EDM, Hip Hop, R&B, and points in between. Ultimately, however, what sets him apart from this new breed of talents is a much fuller and developed vocal quality; where his peers thrive on fluttering falsettos and such, Perry’s brand of crooning rests on the sublime perfection in his voice.
Jarell effortlessly glides through Hassan’s production work, together elevating the LP from ‘just another free indie-R&B record/mixtape’ into an artistic and diverse delivery of R&B. We’ve previously featured three tracks from the album, Getaway, First Time, and Aviation High. While these three tracks are a good sampling of Perry’s work, the LP does much with regard to really fleshing him out as an singer and truly giving you a look at his proclivities as an artist. There is an almost unbridled restraint in the way that he projects his vocals and emotions through the LP, which works well on 9 2 5‘s flip on Temper Trap’s Love Lost and on the dubstep infused Happy 4 U. Speaking on behalf of his genre-bending, it is an impressive feat when an artist can jump his sound from that of a more traditional balladeer on All Aboard, flip his vocal coverage to something more akin to Bruno Mars on If It Ain’t Too Late, and also dance his voice around heavy EDM styled bender, Wake Up. ILWYHO (short for I Love What You Have On) is an excellent example of wrapping all of these sounds and stylings into a neat package, as he is able to shift back and forth between the aforementioned Mars styled influences and a more open vocal approach during the tracks shift between its airy R&B beat shift to its EDM/D&B flavored upbeat.
As commercial debuts go, Simple Things is an impressively solid effort, which is made even more so by the fact that his artistic approach and mix of different musical styles does not feel forced. There is a certain level of respect and reverence paid by Jarell to the different genres that he has explored through the course of the LP, and that is what makes this album worth listening to.
- Peep his unexpected vocal interpolation of Paula Cole’s I Don’t Want To Wait aka the Dawson’s Creek Theme Song on Perfect.
- Also… we need to get a collab between Jarell, Hassan, and Def Sound together… peep this for evidence… pretty amazong track if you ask me.
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Candice, Grant, and Kim for getting us learnt on JP.