Ezra Koenig and co. have inspired a whole bunch of people with their bright, shiny take on Africa, and Jonquil is one of those bands.
Jonquils One Hundred Suns EP features everything youd expect from an Africa-minded indie band: quirky melodic structures, rumbling rhythms and airy guitar lines. Jonquils base genre is more dance-oriented indie than Vampire Weekends, meaning this recalls Yeasayer strongly as well. The songs are more grounded than Yeasayers fantastical work, while beefier than Vampires work.
The highlight here is I Know I Dont Know, which uses some fleet bass work and an intricate full-band arrangement to float a vocal melody that sticks in my head. It feels the most fully formed of all the tunes here. The other highlight is Lions (Bonus Track) which is a Parisian street waltz for accordion and chanted voices. It has nothing to do with Africa, but its one of the most infectious tracks here.
One Hundred Suns is a good EP, and worth picking up if youre into the African-influenced subgenre of indie rock. Stephen Carradini