Jo Marches – “The Night”

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Jo Marches is led by Johanneke Kranendonk, a Netherlands-based songwriter who is inspired by a variety of decades and styles, ranging from the “experimental ’70s” to “pop and R&B of the ’90s and the likes of Tame Impala, Portishead and Lykke Li.” This smorgasbord of diverse influences plays well on new single “The Night”, off Jo Marches’ debut album (produced by David Hoogerheide). The track – which achieves a “psychedelic dreamy landscape combined with danceable grooves” – touts a gentle vocal delivery reminiscent of Lykke Li or Little Dragon’s Yukimi Nagano. The central hook – where the warbly synths converge with a “the night” anthemic vocal delivery – rides gently on an underlying bass-arp, showing a sound that packs Portishead’s atmospheric range, Lykke Li’s pop sensibilities, and psychedelic-friendly aspects into one — resulting in something very memorable.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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