London native Jack Peñate garnered much media
attention for 2007s debut album Matinee. Greatly inspired by 60s, rockabilly pop, Peñate’s jangly telecaster, knack for upbeat
melodies, and crazy jittery dance attracted many a fan. However, the child-like
charm of Matinee was fleeting for me;yet,
for this years Everything Is New Peñate has switched sonic gears, matured his sound and dove head first into dance
For this dance
driven album international elements are abundant, especially calypso. However, Peñate
has not totally forgotten his former influences and “Let’s All Die” is a ska
based track which proves to be the odd duck in this package. Luckily Peñate
quickly steers back on track and lays down some more catchy melodies. From
opener “Pull My Heart Away” to the slower “Every Glance,” Peñate has you
entranced. Though the album is a short 33 minute romp, it includes only nine
songs, Everything Is New is a fun,
pop-drenched, and memorable brief encounter.
Standout Tracks: “Be The One,” “Tonight’s Today” APRIL S.