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Jay Arner 

Mint Records

 

Vancouver multi-instrumentalist Jay Arner has finally conjured the confidence to go out on his own. Only question: Why did it take so long? After a stint in the production seat behind Mount Eerie and Apollo Ghosts among others, Arner now flexes a fantastic display of pop sensibility that practically demands repeat listens. Channeling Low-period Bowie and the romantic synthetics of New Order with a modern twist of Ariel Pink’s bedroomism, this eponymous debut on Mint Records possesses a sound so easygoing that it could find its place among essential summer records. Jay Arner bops forward at a steady groove capable of pushing the evening into the warmth of night. Songs like “Surf Don’t Sink” and “Broken Glass” are catchy enough to make an entire room swoon. Guitars at times match the jangle of the Strokes, Vocals are dreamy but do not distract. Vintage bass lines and synths steadily guide you through the entire disc. Although a familiar sound, it is distinctly Jay Arner (After all, he did play every single instrument himself). Hang out music at its best. Play this for friends and let the atmospheric quality borrowed from the past twenty or so years of “cool” music do the rest.

 

—Tayler Thompson

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