As a self-proclaimed music critic, I am always looking for (or more accurately, listening for) bands with unique tones that pique my interest. It is definitely part of the reason why my music choices and overall taste are so eclectic. And when I find a band that encompasses a variety of sounds at once? Well that is just a bonus.
Case in point: Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas. This quartet from Detroit incorporates a jumble of sounds that makes for an incredibly fun and exciting listen on their debut album, SECRET EVIL, released August 19th via Instant Records. Said to be “equal parts rockabilly and surf pop, cabaret jazz and funky reggae, Latin psych and Gypsy punk,” SECRET EVIL is as wild as the combination within that description.
Filled with soulful harmonies, each song is different from the next. “No Place Left to Hide” starts the album off with a playful bang — a perfect first impression, if I do say so myself — whereas “Cry Cry Cry,” for example, plays more on the air of a slow-going ballad. Vocally similar (and admittedly musically at times as well) to R&B artist Jessie J, or better yet, I’m also thinking Amy Winehouse or Adele, Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas will appeal to the musical inclinations of various listeners in the musicsphere. I can guarantee if you listen to the entirety of this 11-song album, there will be at least one song you will find worthy of downloading. Personally, after a once-through with the SECRET EVIL, there was not a single song I didn’t like. It is quirky, compelling, and one of those albums that I am incredibly glad I discovered. It has a song for every personality that each of us has inside ourselves (you know exactly what I’m talking about), and that is what I would call a success for an album. Kudos to the band for doing it with their debut album. I really do hope that many people find Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas and realize the fantastic potential they have. I can’t wait to hear more from them in the future.
Notable songs on the album include: “No Place Left to Hide,” “Tired Oak,” “Over,” “Neck Tattoo,” “Run Run Run,” and “Lovers First.” I’m well aware that is about half the album right there, but once you listen, you’ll realize why it was reaaaaally hard to narrow it down. Just trust me though, check out to those six tracks right there.
To purchase a CD or buy concert tickets, check out the Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas’ website here.
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