Jobbaloon Invitation Album Review
Group: Jobbaloon: Joshua Achatz: Singer-songwriter, guitars and piano
Album: ‘The Invitation’, Released: March 20, 2021 on digital platforms; Producer: Achatz and Justin Squires
Indie pop-rock duo, Jobbaloon pushes the boundaries by not being afraid to share their identity and authentic beliefs on their latest collection of songs. The Detroit-based band recently released their daring and mind-boggling alternative album, “The Invitation,” which intertwines with metaphysical philosophies and psychedelic and electronic stage treatments. The group, led by singer-songwriter and instrumentalist Joshua Achatz, also infused their self-directed sense of humor into the eight tracks featured on the record.
Throughout the thoughtful and meditative tunes of “The Invitation,” Achatz contemplates its insignificance as he reflects on creation. The songwriter described the printmaking process as a cathartic, healing and liberating experience, which truly results in a captivating and engaging end product. Together with fellow producer on the album, Justin Squires, Achatz crafted innovative narratives and production values similar to the work of classical musicians such as members of the Beatles and Radiohead, to their contemporaries including Billie Eilish and Imagine Dragons.
The concept album is also unique in that most of its tracks are short tracks that pass smoothly and smoothly to each other, as they often incorporate similar melodies. The leisurely and effortless flow between tracks forgoes the perceived limits of everyday reality and opens up the ultimate realm of limitless barriers.
“The Invitation” begins with the short entry “Intro”, which ends at just over half a minute. The song features a meditative Mooji-guided speaking element that sounds like it’s part of a sci-fi movie soundtrack. The track’s brilliant tones blend effortlessly into the disc’s second entry, its unique title song.
The eponymous tune intriguingly pursues the synth-infused element of speech, as well as the metaphysical and menacing undertone of its predecessor. The electro-beating song features a captivating electronic synth and captivating rhythm that once again proves Achatz’s commitment to finding inner peace through meditation.
Another intriguing entry on ‘The Invitation’ is her fifth track, ‘Baby Blue’. While the middle melody of the album is also short, as it lasts just under two minutes, Achatz is still able to masterfully interweave quiet piano chords with prompting drum beats. The memorable instrumentals support the musician’s charismatic, layered, R&B-inspired voice reminiscent of the voices of popular rock band singers from the early 2000s, including Hoobastank’s Doug Robb and Incubus’ Brandon Boyd.
Jobbaloon’s latest record begins to end with his best entry, “All I Need”, which features strong melodies that oppose a superb pop-rock rhythm based on guitar and piano. Achatz’s emotionally divine and heavenly voice is reminiscent of Radiohead singer’s iconic tortured chant, Thom Yorke. “The penultimate song from The Invitation proves just how versatile the Jobbaloon frontman is and how much he deserves the same attention as the frontman of the Grammy Award-winning English rock band.
Jobbaloon’s new album ends with the intriguing pop-rock track “Days”. Driven by captivating strummings on an acoustic guitar that delves into the instrumental arrangement and organic rhythms of “The Invitation,” the overall meditative melody encourages its listeners to embrace and never be afraid of what is going on around them. .
The eight songs that appear on ‘The Invitation’ prove that Achatz writes shamelessly from his heart and shares his true emotions, no matter how others end up thinking of him. With the electro-indie pop-rock record, Jobbaloon continues its unwavering commitment to never give up on its convictions.
The duo also breaks boundaries by not being afraid to share their authentic selves, which allows their metaphysical philosophies to truly shine. Achatz and Squires have crafted innovative narratives and production values on their tracks that also connect with their listeners, making “The Invitation” a must-have for fans of alternative-indie-pop-rock music.
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