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Joemca (jum + ka)
Joemca (jum + ka) EP
(One Stone)
by Adam Toth
11.19.06

I’ve listened to singer / songwriter Joemca’s debut EP over and over again looking for the words to describe it. I’ve thought and thought of other songwriters to compare him to, and instrumentalists in which a sound he shares, but in the end, I had to make one conclusion: Joemca is something that is simply special.

The beats he produces are unique; a bizarre twist of clapping, distortion, and a toolbox of random sounds make for a beautiful background to his perfectly suited voice.

In regards to his vocals, I know I’m taking a risky step by going here, but listening to Joemca’s voice forcefully reminds me of Robert Smith’s shaky, beautifully echoic, electronic singing. I make this comparison in attempt to lead you into Joemca’s sound, but in actuality, everything about Joemca is unique. Like I said. . . “something special.”

Unfortunately, due to this being an EP, there are only five songs on this album, but each song packs such a wonderful punch of music, so that it’s well worth the money. I’m a personal fan of “Dead Paradise” which reminds me a lot of “Dust,” a mix by The Faint and Bright Eyes. Mainly it’s the vocals are similar, but it’s got that technoish appeal at the same time. You also get a good variety, as the next song “King Rhetoric” blends Joemca, female vocals, and whistling to make a much different sound than those preceding it.

For any indie fan or fan of perfectly bizarre music, this is a must buy. Even in a five song track listing, there is plenty of variety, and while you may not love each song, they are definitely worth appreciating.

More on Joemca:
www.joemcamusic.com / www.myspace.com/joemcaandpoets.