In a violent stomp that sets the tone for all of the melodic carnage soon to follow, a fiery riff lays out a rhythm for Jupiter in Velvet’s “Forever & a Day” within moments of pressing play on this fifth song in the tracklist of Anthems 2 Love, Jupiter in Velvet’s latest EP. “Forever & a Day” is a punky composition with a classic rock stylization reminiscent of David Bowie’s vintage recordings, but for as much as it takes from the past, it couldn’t feel any more fresh and original as it does in this setting, alongside intriguing songs like “We Are All One” and “A Cooler Shade of Mad,” both of which sport some monolithic fretwork in their own right. Jupiter in Velvet broaches the Anthems 2 Love project with a confidence that his biggest fans have come to expect out of every record he cuts, but in tracks like those in the aforementioned trio, everyone in the audience – from passersby to hypnotized stans – is able to develop some sort of a connection with the massive melodies placed before them.

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“We Are All One” is an acoustic number that fills up its stereo mix with as much warmth, color and contrast as we hear in “Forever & a Day,” if not just a touch more, while keeping the bulk of the spotlight transfixed on the harmony our singer’s vocal is conjuring up on the spot. It’s one of the most melodic tracks on the EP, and though it doesn’t have the cutting grit of “A Cooler Shade of Mad,” that doesn’t stop these two songs from balancing each other out in the grander scheme of things at all.

“A Cooler Shade of Mad” and “The Greatest Gift” have both got a punishingly brutish sonic edge that leaves Jupiter in Velvet’s crooning no room to tread on the bassline, and I think it is in these two tracks that we’re offered the most physical experiences of any this artist has produced previously. They’re intimidatingly strong from a production viewpoint, but not so intense that we’re unable to play them at more moderate volumes as well.

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“If Not Peace… (Then it’s War)” has the most straightforward design of the six songs on Anthems 2 Love, and although it doesn’t hold its melody together as well as the Pixies-influenced “Stand Up” does, it doesn’t seem like filler in the slightest (to me at least). All in all, every track here feels like a legit conveyance of artistry and self for Jupiter in Velvet, and while his past releases didn’t disappoint, this record is set to just a bit higher of a standard. There are a lot of artist trying to make something similar to what this guy is right now (chief among them, Jupiter in Velvet’s main rival AV Super Sunshine), but I don’t know that I’ve heard another songwriter with the knack for harmonic moxie that this one has in everything he records. The future still holds a lot for his sound, and that’s quite evident in Anthems 2 Love.

Sebastian Cole