Cherub Gets it Poppin’ with 100 Bottles
By: Aaron Gi
Cherub is back at it again with that sexy future funk we’ve all come to know and love from our favorite Nashville twosome. 100 Bottles is their newest compilation of sensual rhythms and stimulating lyrics. This six track EP is truly a work of art; it showcases their familiar pop-tronica sound and style, while still exhibiting progression in all of their tunes.
Kicking off the EP, “Heartbraker” begins with a looping vocal acapella, which provides as both a melody and harmony. The beat drops into an 80’s dance style funk rhythm with light synthesizers and funky bass that would even get your grandparents grinding on one another. The lyrics from Jordan Kelly are impressive as always. This song could be played on the radio or at a festival, its undeniably awesome, whether you’re showing it to your best friend or your mother.
“Jazzercise ‘95” sounds like mid 90’s aerobics music mashed with catchy lyrics and captivating guitar riffs. The bubbly synths give it an underwater feel to it, and it’s another track that makes you want to rub up against whoever is dancing beside you, because “it feels so good”.
The third track off 100 Bottles,“Do I (Where We Are)” is a more emotional song, it starts out sad and slow with a more intimate feel. With the lyrics from the chorus “Do I make it hard for you sometimes, I promise I’ll apologize” the song has a sentiment of forgiveness to it. The lyricism is profound and poetic, their was definitely a lot of passion put into this composition and after a good listen it’s hard not to get a little choked up and emotional as a listener.
“Promise” has heavy drum samples, deep guitar grooves, and when the cool synth comes in it elates a sensation of affection. The chorus is a request not to change, and can’t help but make you think back to your most recent relationship struggles. “Promise me you’ll never change” “Nothing’s ever guaranteed” lyrics that can’t help but evoke emotion, and a beat that can’t help but make you dance, this is Cherub.
“Where We Should Be” begins with a slow guitar and vocals from Jordan Kelly, this one is short and sweet. The point seems to be to, enjoy it while it lasts, because it might just be tonight.
The final song on the EP “Drowzzy” begins with a majestic ringing bell synth, the song is slow and fittingly, sleepy. The theme seems to be the end of a long night, faded and full of joy. This one brings it back, the chorus is clever and warm and it could easily be an 80’s ballad. Hints of R&B and pop combined, this track is modest yet intense, which seems to be a recurring theme throughout this whole EP.
Cherub’s lyricism is captivating and their music is simple yet complex, they have a way of telling of story in each song. It is like nothing else you’ve ever heard. They have created a beautiful contagious sound; and for those who have had the opportunity to see them perform you know they bring it every time. Whether in the studio, or on the stage, Cherub has a way of playing into your soul. Big things are on the horizon for these guys and 100 Bottles is just another gem from this duo. Look out for them on the festival tour this summer (Summer Camp, Camp Bisco, Governor’s Ball to name a few) and make sure you grab this amazing EP, and pass it along to anyone and everyone.