Jogger’s This Great Pressure is a fun electronic record full of complex themes and dramatic surprises. Their experimental sound is comprised of sonic scraps, sound effects, synthesizers, mutilated guitar parts and eerie vocals, lending a certain density to the layers upon layers of sound they have created. Above all else, their first full-length album is a tremendous success.
Jogger is two parts from Los Angeles, comprised of Amir Yaghmai (violin, guitar, vocals) and Jonathan Larroquette (laptop, controller, vocals). The pair utilizes both live and electronic instruments in conjunction with their vocal harmonies to create a weird, psychedelic, and emotional listening experience. They have united multiple musical styles such as folk, rock, psych, and electronic to produce a sound that is, at times, mind-blowing.
A ribbon of fun and complex themes runs through this album. “Napping Captain,” the records lead track, opens with the sounds resembling insects scurrying on a hard surface or paper scraps being cut up and crunched. From there, it seems to take listeners on a musical journey full of the ups and downs of being out at sea – a truly blissful journey. “Master and Student” and “Champing at the Bit” are fun tunes to jam to, the latter, one of two live tracks, plays with bouncing echoes and vibrant melodies.
However, not all songs evoke emotions of such sweet musical pleasure. “Gorilla Meat,” evokes feelings of vast desolation. The lyrics sigh woefully, “She’s not meeting you tonight, no not tonight, not forever,” as the song progresses with this lonesome tone. “Bliss,” one of the albums creepier tracks is very dark with weird vocal tone changes and warped voices.
In the latter half of the album “Nephoside” opens with a dark growling voice howling in utter despair. The suicidal monster voice cries out, “face plant in the dirt from a tower it will look accidental.” The track evokes emotions such as fear, anguish, and dejection. As it expands it juxtaposes soft melodic vocals that sing “it’s just a feeling/ it’s just a feeling/ a feeling that’s been made,” with the terrifying monstrous voice crying, “far from here, I must go, forever…” This is a very strange track, but at the same time it is nothing short of riveting – the feelings of helplessness and misery have no time to linger. “Falling” begins abruptly, sweetly serenading, “Falling up into the sky, I’m falling up into the sky, I’m falling up into the sky, I’m falling.” With an album this captivating, it’s hard not to be.