It’s Karma It’s Cool – Hipsters and Aeroplanes
In 2013 Jim Styring and his band, The Popdogs, gave us a collection of jangly and hooky pop singles that were among the best of that year. Changing course a bit, the next release would be a punk-pop piece under the moniker B-Leaguers in 2016. After that, Jim began writing with an old friend, guitarist William James Ward, and out came some terrific paisley pop songs released under the name The Ego Ritual.
In each case, Styring demonstrates a rare acumen for writing an effective pop hook – a talent that is far too uncommon these days. This same sensibility carries through to his latest mini album, soon to be released on the Kool Kat label under the band name It’s Karma, It’s Cool. Hipsters and Aeroplanes combines Jim’s innate ability to craft a catchy melody with a few wonderful surprises thrown in.
“Raised by Engineers” brings back memories of the bands that came out of Manchester in the early 80’s. The guitar jangle and killer chorus make this one a real winner. On the title track, the guitar crunch lures us in and pulls us into a bouncy, melodic joy ride.
The surprise departure from the expected comes with the final track, “Shannon’s Waltz”. A tune with an Irish folk flavor, I’ve always loved this sound and was immediately captivated by it. I later learned from Jim that he had written it several years ago while in Ireland – it was originally an acoustic waltz that was brushed off and updated for this new record. In Jim’s words, “It’s a real end of the night song – people on their feet singing”. Couldn’t have said it better myself.
The bottom line is that every song on this 6 track mini-album is a keeper. It’s Karma, It’s Cool are: Jim Styring (vocals), Mikey Barraclough (guitars, bass), Martyn Bewick (guitars) and Danny Krash (drums).
Hipsters and Aeroplanes has a street date of September 27 but you can pre-order your copy at Kool Kat Musik. It’s HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.