This might sound strange, but I think listening to the radio is like watching a drama on television. You never know what’s waiting around the corner. When you’re expecting to hear one thing; something new jumps out and surprises you. Sometimes the surprise sucks and it’s not worth listening to, but other times it piques your interest. That’s exactly what happened when I heard Jeremy Loops Mission to the Sun ‘Howling’ for the first time.
If you’re looking for a happy song — this is it! Jeremy Loops Mission to the Sun ‘Howling’ has a strange name, but it’s a fun-loving mix of sound, instruments and lyrics. It wasn’t until I did some research that I learned Jeremy Loops is from South Africa. He’s a ”modern day one man folk band” and he usually puts on a show all by himself (he has help from saxophonist Jamie Faull on Mission to the Sun ‘Howling’). Since I wouldn’t do Jeremy Loops any justice, this is how his Facebook page describes his music:
“Jeremy has embraced technology in all its illustrious forms and creates his finely woven tapestry of sounds using his guitar, ukulele, harmonica and beatbox skills. He runs this all through a gamut of loop pedals, echo and distortion units and through the speakers to leave a crowd quite literally awe-struck, standing there going…’where is this all coming from?’”
The video for Jeremy Loops Mission to the Sun ‘Howling’ will help you understand it all. I think it’s amazing to watch Jeremy Loops in action. He’s like a conductor and an entire orchestra all rolled into one. The guy starts Mission to the Sun ‘Howling’ by looping noises from a kids toy (you can hear the noises throughout the entire jam), and then incorporates his guitar, harmonica and beatbox too. You have to check this out!
It’s impressive to watch Jeremy Loops in action, but I also think Mission to the Sun ‘Howling’ is a good tune. It’s one of a few creative songs on the Jeremy Loops EP he released in October of 2011. I was trying to find more jams by Jeremy Loops and it sounds like his debut album comes out soon. I don’t know how soon though — it’s only described as “upcoming.” You can find one of his new songs called Down South right now on YouTube. The video for Down South actually gives you a much better view of Jeremy Loops as a one man band (even more so than the video for Mission to the Sun ‘Howling’).
A lot of people think the radio is a boring way to listen to music (thanks to iPods, etc.), but I’m on the opposite side of the argument. That’s because I can drive around in my car in Seattle and hear tunes from a one man band who makes music halfway around the planet in South Africa. I could have scoured iTunes or the internet for hours and never would have crossed Jeremy Loops Mission to the Sun ‘Howling’. Thanks to the radio I found his jam and I’m really glad I did. I’ll be looking for more from Jeremy Loops in the future.
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