ATP! Album Review: Daylight - Jar
Jar is a pretty solid debut record; very well crafted and considered, combining personal style with subtle grunge inspiration. ‘Sponge’ opens the record with the guitars alternating between melodious late summertime jamming to full-on Pearl Jam-like slaying.
‘Life In A Jar,’ the semi title-track, and ‘Youngest Daughter’ are two songs in particular that need some extra attention on the part of the listener. The former features drummer Zack Robbins acting as a conductor, cueing when his bandmates will begin and closing each section of the masterpiece, directing when to get loud or even louder. The latter is the epitome of a low-key grunge anthem, with guitarists/vocalists Jake Clarke and Taylor Madison showing off a gentle, comforting, chest-y vocal style contrasting with lyrics that could ruin even Mr. Rogers’ good mood (“It's useless/ I tried, but to no avail, to tell you how much I know/ How much I care...Every day repeats itself again/ The cycle of our misery, it drives us all insane”). Towards the end of the record is a track called ‘In On It,’ a slight change in harmonies and a little more jaunty compared to the previous tracks, one described as, “sad and dark, but different” by Clarke.
This record displays outstanding vocal range – a light tenor to as bass-y as bass can get, gentle whispers to blood vessel-bursting screams - a very well put-together instrumental arrangement and lyrics that will stick in your head even when you’re not thinking about them. It’s pretty clear that Daylight have set out to make a name for themselves in the past, but their intentions are more explicit on Jar.
Get this record, indulge in its sound and maybe take a ride out to Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Maybe there is something in the water that is creating so much talent in such a small town.
Jar is out now via Bandcamp for only $5.