Jet Black

Jet Black

by Gentleman RegGentleman Reg

Vinyl LP(Long Playing Record)

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Reg Vermue's 2009 offering is a quirky blend of fey, soulful vocals and mid-fi indie rock with some alternative electronic beats thrown in for good measure. Vermue filters influences like glam rock, the blues, blue-eyed soul, and 1990s-style alternative disco à la the Pet Shop Boys. He has an unconventional gruff yet high voice, and the album ebbs and flows based on how well that voice fits the particular genre he's surfing at the moment. Opening track "Coastline" is the definite standout: the song's distorted, bright guitars and off-kilter tempo sit nicely with the Marc Bolan-style vocal phrasing Vermue employs. Collaborator Elizabeth Powell from Land of Talk co-wrote the song and her voice is nearly as prominent as Vermue's, making for a nice counterpoint. Elsewhere, there are some obvious nods to Roxy Music ("How We Exit"), an indie approximation of Gorillaz ("Falling Back"), and plenty of plink-plonk kitchen sink sound effects and one-man band-sounding instrumentation to keep the mood light. The slow-burning "Oh My God," Jet Black's other standout, has a more ambient feel with Vermue's soulful croon fitting perfectly over gurgling bass and assorted electronic patter.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/24/2009
Label: Arts & Crafts
UPC: 0827590400016
catalogNumber: 04000
Rank: 141724

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gentleman Reg   Primary Artist
Simon Osborne   Bass
Dave Draves   Synthesizer,Guitar,Hammond Organ,Mellotron,Korg,E-bow,Prophet Synthesizer,fender rhodes,Casio,Optigan,Piano (Upright)
Laura Kate Barrett   Kalimba
Shaw-Han Liem   Musician
Bryan Webb   Guitar,Choir, Chorus
Petr Cancura   Alto Saxophone
Katie Sketch   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Reg Vermue   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,farfisa organ,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
Christine Methengye   Background Vocals
Elizabeth Powell   Vocals,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Jerusha Clark   Background Vocals
Heather Kirby   Synthesizer,Bass
Greg Millson   Percussion,Bongos,Drums,Tambourine

Technical Credits

Dave Draves   Arranger,Producer,String Samples
Shaw-Han Liem   Arranger,Producer
Reg Vermue   Arranger,Producer
Heather Kirby   Arranger,Producer
Greg Millson   Arranger,Producer
Mike Olsen   Vocal Engineer

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