Let me say this up front: JJAMZ is a terrible name for a band. It sounds like a “discount alternative” to the high-end sneakers your parents refuse to buy. “Oh stop, honey. JJAMZ are just as good, and your friends will never notice.”
But once you get past the name, JJAMZ is a really promising new group. Featuring members of Maroon 5, Rilo Kiley, Phantom Planet, and several other indie faves, they make lush and beautiful pop that sounds nothing like the music they typically make. (The band’s name is made from the first letter of each member’s first name.)
Let’s start with the shimmery, blissed-out vibe of “Never Enough,” which is perfect for driving at twilight or maybe cleaning your house the morning after a party:
Let’s continue with the high-energy “Heartbeat,” which makes me want to do an 80s dance, where I swing my arms and kick my feet in a spazzy way:
I know, right? Pretty damn good! JJAMZ just dropped its first album, Suicide Pact, on Tuesday. If the rest of it is as good as these two songs, then it’s clearly going to be a hot hit.
Previously: Watch Cheyenne Jackson’s sexy, funny music video
Mark Blankenship tweets as @IAmBlankenship. He has written about pop music for the New York Times and NPR. His friend Rachel told him about JJAMZ.