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Jupiter Sprites — Holographic
(Bandcamp no#, 2020, DL)
by Peter Thelen, Published 2020-10-18
Hailing from Olympia, Washington, Jupiter Sprites makes great use of echoey vocals to create a soft and dreamy pop sound just shy of the 90s shoegazer sound, though one can immediately spot the similarities and perhaps even confuse how the terms apply to their sound. Following two EP releases in 2017 and 2018 respectively, Holographic is the band’s first that approacges a full length release, seven tracks totaling 33 minutes, not quite but approaching it. At the center of their sound is lead singer Alicia Capp, who also plays synth, and guitarist, singer and synth player Max Keena. In fact the photos that came with the promo package only show the two of them, but the fine print on the bandcamp page also lists Portia Capp on bass (keyboard bass I presume) and drummer Mike Elliott, though a few of the songs sound like drum machine accompaniment. The opening track “Ocean of You” certainly highlights Jupiter Sprites’ strengths, a beautifully effected lead female voice flanked by shimmering guitars, capably supported by the drums and bass. “Haunt” creeps up, the guitars leading the way before the voice comes in and breaks the spell in a similar way to the aforementioned opener. “Feeeel” breaks loose with unusual synth sounds circling the voices before it all finds a catchy groove, with swirly electronic blasts and jangly guitars completing the circle. With “Continue on (1)” a softer more moody approach is taken, with layered vocal harmonies conveying a more atmospheric affinity. If there is a weakness here, it’s the overall samey-ness across all the seven cuts, a similar approach and vocal style that never really changes, but for those who like that sound and can’t get enough, I suppose Holographic is the perfect prescription.
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