I was going to review the Jeffrey Jerusalem album Disco Drymouth, but it seems that it was a promo disc I happened to get my hands on at his live show. Seeing as I don’t think it’s widely available, I thought it would be better to review Grimace instead. Many of the tracks on the Disco Drymouth promo disc can also be found on Grimace, so I think it’s a fair trade off.
It’s hard to describe Jerusalem’s sound. He labels it as “bedroom disco.” If you see him live, you’ll understand exactly what that means – you can imagine him dancing around in his boxers as he fiddles with his sampler to create his tracks. And he wants you to join in by jumping around your bedroom to the tracks he’s crafted. It’s the perfect music for little kids to go nuts to in your living room (well, not MY living room, but you understand what I’m saying).
What you’re going to hear on Grimace are a lot of electronic/synth sounds run through some effects and looped. Occasionally there will be some vocal sampling. Although there is a bit of experimentation and some songs with a more menacing edge, everything stays at dance floor tempo.
I really love some of the tracks. I’ve tossed them in party playlists and watched people really get into what they were listening to. The music is non-obtrusive if you don’t want it to be, but good enough that people will dance to it if given the slightest provocation.
But not everything is two scoops of raisins and sunshine – some of the experimentation gets tedious. This being Jersalem’s first full-length album, I definitely see a lot of promise. He just needs to keep experimenting with his music until he finds his niche.
Party Goer Opinions
Lauren: “His songs get stuck in my head, and I don’t mind.”
Verdict: Dig it. There are some gems on this album and Jerusalem is an under-appreciated artist. Check out the whole album, streaming, below.
Stand-out track: “Motown Blackout” – this is by FAR the best song on the album. If you’re only going to check out one track, listen to this one.