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Transcendent Electronic Rock
Posted March 09, 2018
By MaryNikkel_NRT, Staff Reviewer


Jerry Fee is a Boise, Idaho transplant who has recently plugged his electronic sensibilities into the Nashville music community. His sound is a unique marriage between a throwback-to-the-80s-sound and the sparkling pop of the present, and that pairing most recently resulted in mini album The Bigger Picture. 

What it Sounds Like: 
Some of your favorite future summer anthems arrived a little early. This is electronic music with just the right amount of grit to keep it grounded. "Learning to Love (Like You)" shows off the forthright vocals, soaring synthscapes and refreshingly organic drum and electric guitar tones. Worshipful "Wildfire" adds a bit of swagger through both the vocal stylings and the bass line. The tempo is consistently upbeat but calculated. A modern day Depeche Mode might be one of the best sonic comparisons for the fusion of electronic pop and classic rock elements.

Spiritual/Lyrical Highlights:
These songs are bursting with encouragement to embrace our God-given identities and callings, encouragement that consistently comes off as earnest instead of trite. Smooth "Color the World (This is Our Time)" invites us to "give like the Maker who made us." "The Bigger Picture" pleads to see the world from God's perspective. "Ignite" emphasizes the empowerment that comes when we step into that perspective.

Best Song on the Record:
"Learning to Love (Like You)" encapsulates best what this record is all about, both in its musical groove and its theme. "Never Gonna Quit" marks a close second for me in replay value with its delightful swagger and sense of determination. 

For Fans Of: 
Manic Drive, FF5, Imagine Dragons, Walk the Moon

Final Word:
The Bigger Picture frames a call to see through God's eyes of love in pop rock tunes that bridge musical eras. You'll want to have this in your arsenal for spring and summer roadtrips--and keep watching for more from Jerry Fee.

Listen on Spotify and iTunes.

 

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