Dropping tomorrow via Listenable Records, On The Rise, is a bluesy rock collection by the Spanish quintet Imperial Jade. With praises across Europe, we would like to add in a bit of positivity from America as well!
The album has a fun 70’s throwback vibe, mixed with influences of the band’s Spanish roots, that makes you want to move! This band’s sound has always been ‘classic’ inspired, but they changed it up with On The Rise by adding in more blues and melodic tones, vice the louder, in your face rock and roll of their past work. There is an authentic element to their music, simply through the way it is recorded. Though heavily guided by the guitar and vocals, there is a depth to each song. There is a perfect fade in and out of the instruments and backing vocals that create an organic sort atmosphere, as if you are right there in the room moving about with the band all around you.
The opening track “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” is high energy and soul packed, followed by “Dance” which will incite you to do just that. Songs like “The Call”, “Glory Train” and “Heat Wave” all continued that upbeat, feel good tempo that is the driving force of On The Rise. The real standout track for me personally is “Lullaby in Blue”. When you think of old school psychedelic-rock you think of the build up. The slow ‘lullaby’ guitar riff to start it off and the loud power packed middle, guided by harmonies and instrumentals that “take you there”. This song replicated those feelings excellently and showcased the band’s ability to capture the essence of the era.
With a second album this good, I think Imperial Jade might just be “on the rise”. I would suggest checking out the effort and for those who grab a copy, there are two bonus tracks for even more listening pleasure!