Album Review | Jack Of None | Who’s listening to Van Gogh’s Ear

Jack of noneExperimental rockers Jack of None have made a trademark out of truly embracing the unexpected. Their brand of creativity knowns no constrains or boundaries when it comes to genre definitions…or geography. The band itself is split between different countries; the United States (Chicago) and The Philippines (Manila). In spite of the distance, the line-up consisting of A.G. Syjuco, Maxine Syjuco and Julian Syjuco still makes thing gel together in a truly personal way, as you would expect from a band which is comprised of siblings!

These talented artists recently released their latest studio work, “Who’s listening to Van Gogh’s Ear”. This piece of art rock and experimental music has a title that recalls the story of Vincent Van Gogh, the famous dutch painter whose ear was lost in mysterious circumstances. Everyone often pictures Van Gogh and his unorthodox antics, but whatever happened to his ear? How can we separate the story from the legend? Perhaps, such questions will never find definite answers, but at the end of the day, is this really a problem, because it’s the essence that matters.

Jack of None’s music is all about essence. Their forward-thinking compositions are almost like Russian dolls, as every intricate layer hides the next one. An intricate beat masks a catchy melody; while a focused sound paves way to a blend of lyricism that is absolute poetry and one thing leads to another as you keep listening to the music, unfolding like a wild roller-coaster ride. Through complex guitar licks, hypnotic drum rhythms and vocals with an unmistakable personality, this band crafted a release worth listening to from top to bottom.

Some artists might try really hard to become musical “Jack of All Trades”, but ironically, Jack Of None truly accomplish the task by creating music that you simply would not expect. Everything about this band screams enigmatic vitality and mystery: from their wonderfully accomplished musicianship to their geographical location, down to the fact that they are all siblings who share a deep bond in music and in life. To top it all, the poetic lyricism of vocalist Maxine really adds some depth to the music, echoing the work of artists as diverse as The Mars Volta or Nine Inch Nails, just to mention but a few.

You can take a listen to “Who’s listening to Van Gogh’s Ear” now on Spotify here –

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Ben Corke

Ben is a writer from London UK, he is Music Blogged editor-in-chief and his favourite bands include The Strokes, Arctic Monkeys, The National, The Horrors and The Libertines. Find him on Google+

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