Relentlessly creative and crispy pop from a guy who almost went down a very different career path. Jhameel doesn’t clutter things up with a bunch of blurry synths jumbled together like a bunch of people talking at the same time. Instead, each element pops like bright colors against a white background.
Jhameel presents a blend of orchestral instruments, tight percussion, fierce vocal melodies, and rich synthesizers in his new album, The Human Condition. His music is tied together by his distinct pop sensibility, with influences in Jonsi, Phoenix, and MGMT.
Jhameel was once set on the path to officer-ship in the United States Army. Although his linguistic skills in Arabic, Spanish, Korean, and Russian would have been highly rewarded in the military, Jhameel quit the program before signing an irrevocable contract due to personal beliefs about U.S. presence in the Middle East. He then earned a degree in Arabic from UC Berkeley within just two years, graduating summa cum laude. Soon after, at the age of nineteen, he released his first self-titled album and continues to pursue a musical career today.
You can download his album, also titled The Human Condition, for free here.