JMSN Releases Emotional Project, "It Is."
It Is. will be released everywhere May 6th through White Room Records. The album starts out with a title track that seemingly could be a James Bond movie soundtrack. JMSN sings passionately about being in love with someone and dedicating his time and effort to them all while orchestral instruments set the mood even further behind. From there the album goes into the track "Power" which features the vocal line "you got the power" and aims to inspire listeners to do something with their lives. This is the first song of many that heavily features the bass guitar as a primary instrument driving the groove. On top of that there is clapping that will make you want to snap along with your fingers and maybe even do a little dance.
On March 1st, JMSN posted the first glimpse of the latest music through the form of "Cruel Intentions." Here, the R&B singer expresses feeling of regret for his past mistakes and begs his lover for attention and forgiveness. We love the structure of this track because the choruses seems to be more tame than the verses and pre-choruses. It's really interesting to do something out of the box like this. The song's cherry on top is the outro where "cruel intentions" get soulfully sung over and over until the song fades out.
The song "Good Ol' Case of the Blues" begins with some spoken word calling out some former friends that had the sole purpose to use somebody. JMSN basically insists that judgment/karma will come for them one day and they'll regret what they've done. Overall, this is almost a hip hop call out attitude in a jazzy, R&B song and it totally works.
Some other notable tracks for us are "Hypnotized" and "Be a Man". "Hypnotized" begins super ambient but then finds a reggae-type groove with guitars, synths, percussion, and brass instruments. For us, this one had a totally different vibe than the rest of the album and we give kudos to JMSN for doing something different. The part one and two of "Be a Man" may be the most personal for the singer. He analyzes himself as a person, judges his own choices he has made and relates it all back to his character. "Be a Man, Pt. 2" has hip hop influence for sure in it through the emotional and fast lyrical expression.
The album closes with "Possessed" and we think it was a good choice to close it on this note. The final song has a calming feeling of reflection and the orchestral instruments are back once again. "These demons wont let me be / Guess I'm possessed" sings JMSN but he makes a mental note that he can't dwell on the past too much because it will hold you back from the future. It Is. is personal, but we think a lot of people will connection to it in some shape or form.