Combining 30s and 40s swinging sounds with a pop music approach, The Sweet Simones’ first record “Pocket Moon” is in line with similar swing projects by Robbie Williams, Brian Setzer and Postmodern Jukebox. The Munich-based band feels clearly committed to the energetic neo swing attitudeand explores the genre from hot swing tunes in a pop song format to fragile jazz ballades in a very entertaining and danceable fashion.
Always under the sign of swing, the 10 original compositions offer catchy chorus lines along with relaxed jazz tunes that could have been written by Cole Porter’s self-deprecating brother. The dark and morbid ballade ‘Music Box’ makes rain-pebbled windows in a film noir appear like a field of spring flowers. Celebrating the swing era and the iconic world of gangsters from old black and white movies, the song ‘The Chili Boys’ does a great job in sounding like police sirens, shady backyards and fire escapes. This and other up-tempo songs generate incredible energy and the singer’s past experience in Rock & Roll is a perfect match for the clever-kicking horn arrangements and a rhythm group that is in everything but a mood for easy-listening jazz. The ballade ‘Birds Don’t Know Why They Fly’ is of delicate beauty while ‘Song For A Roadtrip’ comes with a heavy-marching blues feel.
“Pocket Moon” fascinates by its unique combination of driving energy with the expression spectrum and complexity of jazz and a catchy pop attitude. That’s how exciting swing music can be in 2017!
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