Jonsi, Phoenix, Bjork
Jhameel is a precocious multi-instrumentalist whose original music expertly combines light-hearted pop sensibility with provocative lyrics of incredible depth and conviction. In addition to his original material, he’s produced unique covers of the Knife, T-Pain, Fleet Foxes, and Broken Social Scene (to name only a few) – one look at the YouTube videos of his recording process will be enough to drop your jaw. There’s no question that he’s an amazingly talented musician who has the good fortune of being blessed with the gender-bending honey-drenched voice of an angel.
Leaving behind a life of ROTC and a future in the military in exchange for the opportunity to paint dreamscapes with sound and share perspective through his voice, one-man band Jhameel emerged onto the music scene only a few years ago but has already made quite an impact. His recently released second full-length album, The Human Condition, bravely addresses the big issues of modern day such as politics, prejudice, war, and drugs. Instead of coming across heavy-handed, the topics are tucked away under layers of orchestral beauty and rich vocal melodies. Jhameel plays every instrument on each track – from the delicate string instruments to the hand-slapped percussion to the electric-sounding synthesizer – as well as pens all the poetry that becomes his lyrics. He’s also got a knack for diverse arrangements, blending the right amount of catchiness with raw experimentalism. Given the profound nature of his material, and his mastery of musicianship it’s hard to believe he’s only in his early twenties.