Newark, NJ-based duo The Jack Moves have a knack for pulling elements from different genres, and their video for the song "Lionel Richie" caught our full undivided attention. Made up of Zee Desmondes and Teddy Powell, who have respectively collated their ten thousand hours of practice and experience as musicians, The Jack Moves are bringing something refreshing and vibrant to the scene with their brand of retro-funk, punk with dashes of pop.
They recently put out their full-length LP Cruiserweight, which shows how the duo takes a cinematic approach to music making. From different characters, story development and a myriad of sounds and progressions, listeners are treated to a modern, yet familiar sound wrapped within the duo's distinct aesthetic.
The song in question "Lionel Richie" is an upbeat funk and soul jam laced with pulsating bass-lines, punchy drum grooves, smooth soul strings and airy horns to boot. The laidback and somewhat hushed vocals do take precedence and slowly engulf the head-nodding backdrop with ease with its commanding tone forcing us to get on the dancefloor with alacrity. The performance is subtle, gripping and unassuming at once but most importantly, catchy and melodic to the core.
The visual style pays homage to the past with its VHS-style aesthetics, retro NYC metro shots and artsy punk-style motifs that shout the late 80s, and early 90s with an MTV feel.
"Lionel Richie" is taken from the Cruiserweight and is out now via Everloving Records.
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