JMSN’s “Velvet” a blast of nostalgia

Juan Carlos Ferrer , Staff Reporter


JMSN brings a mix of vintage and modern in “Velvet”|Image courtesy of Highsnobiety 

R&B and soul is back in full force with JMSN’s (pronounced Jameson) latest album “Velvet.”

“Velvet” is the fifth project from JMSN, and he has managed to create a unique 1980s sound in the album that can make the listener dance, snap their fingers, or tap their foot to the beat.

JMSN’s music has changed in almost every album/EP that he has released. His first project “Priscilla” is a completely different JMSN than “Velvet.” JMSN was being compared to The Weeknd, before The Weeknd went mainstream, when he released “Priscilla” in 2012. Today, JMSN is bringing back the iconic sounds from an unforgettable era.

“Velvet” does sound modern as well. There are moments throughout the album when the listener can tell what sounds like today and what does not. Of course, JMSN manages to mix both the nostalgia of the 1980s and the current sounds of today in a melodious way.

Each track is its own journey. There are moments when the lyrics speak loudly, and compliment the instrumentals. Even the images that JMSN “painted” in this album can be pictured and felt in the listener’s mind.

“And when the sun goes down I just stare at the wall; And my thoughts get deep I just pace around,” JMSN sings in “Mind Playing Tricks.”

“Mind Playing Tricks” is definitely one of the defining tracks of “Velvet.” The song begins slow, and sounds pretty modern for an 80s sounding album. The moment the song gets to the beat change, the listener is suddenly taken back to 1985. The classic synth sound that defined an era is dominant in “Mind Playing Tricks.”

“Inferno,” “Got 2 Be Erotic,” and “Talk is Cheap” are the other defining songs in “Velvet.” The production of those songs is well done.

The 14 songs that make up “Velvet” are all different from each other. Even with the 80s sound, no song sounds alike.

“Velvet” is a great album for people that would like to try something different. It’s beautifully crafted. Nothing lacks from it.

People that grew up listening to 80s music will most likely enjoy “Velvet” as well. The nostalgia is strong with it.