Genre/Influences: Dream-Pop, Dark-Pop
Format: Digital, Vinyl, Cassette.
Background/Info: American musician Jackson Vanhorn (previously involved with other bands like TV Ghost) has released his first official album as a collaboration between Manic Depression Records and Icy Cold Records; one releasing the vinyl and the other the cassette.
Content: Jackson Vanhorn has been introduced as the fusion between different music genres. I mainly heard the dark Dream-Pop style and the clear 80s influences. The songs are evasive, but still exploring other sonic horizons. The vocals are somewhat lazy-singing like, creating a sensual feeling. The last song “Another World” creates a true climax while reminding me of songs from The Cure.
+ + + : Jackson Vanhorn invites his audience to embark on a dark, wafting trip driven by his sensual singing. The guitar playing creates this moody, dark and melancholic 80s atmosphere. The opening song “Hallucination” is a cool opener revealing an elevating chorus. The last track “Another World” is another attention grabber. There’s a similar elevating effect, but the song is also somewhat more powerful.
– – – : This album is an easy listening opus without absolute hits and that’s maybe what this artist needs to gain a wider recognition.
Conclusion: Listening to Jackson Vanhorn on a grey autumn afternoon is the right way to enjoy his moody, melancholic Dream-Pop.
Best songs: “Another World”, “Hallucination”, “Faces”, “Sunday”.