First Listen: Jank Setup shines on "Mylah"

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    (April 16, 2022) When Jank Setup was first introduced to SoulTrackers via a 2019 First Listen, it was a jam band inspired by James Brown and Anderson Paak that was already lighting up hometown stages in New Orleans.  Yet this extremely versatile quintet augmented by a brass section was willing to tackle the controversial topics, such as “Can’t I,” a song illustrating addictions to love on the internet. 

    Jank Setup’s colorful musical bouquet can shift gears in a blink of an ear.  Two more singles made their way through the pandemic season with the sophisticated funky “Prince of Something” and the slow jazz grind of “Sweet Pea,” featured on their recently released debut CD, Look Who’s Talking

    (April 16, 2022) When Jank Setup was first introduced to SoulTrackers via a 2019 First Listen, it was a jam band inspired by James Brown and Anderson Paak that was already lighting up hometown stages in New Orleans.  Yet this extremely versatile quintet augmented by a brass section was willing to tackle the controversial topics, such as “Can’t I,” a song illustrating addictions to love on the internet. 

    Jank Setup’s colorful musical bouquet can shift gears in a blink of an ear.  Two more singles made their way through the pandemic season with the sophisticated funky “Prince of Something” and the slow jazz grind of “Sweet Pea,” featured on their recently released debut CD, Look Who’s Talking

    Led by the flexible pipes of Kentro Mason and top rate musicianship echoing refreshing live performances, Jank Setup offers its sophomore First Listen from Look Who’s Talking, “Mylah,” capturing a classic soul vibe. Thanks to Mason’s expressive voice, the engrossing storyline regarding a promising relationship that fizzles because of bad words spoken, translates into a fascinating soap opera plot: “But I can’t forget what you said to me/I can’t lie/You really wrecked me.” 

    Jank Setup’s arrangements bathed in an intricate brass section and capped by a savory piano solo accent Mason’s emotional range from soulful glee to uncertain angst.  As they continue progressing in their diverse artistry, we look forward to more First Listen experiences from the members of Jank Setup.

    By Peggy Oliver 

    Jank Setup - "Mylah"

     
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