Looking for an alternative to alternative music? Check out Jersey City’s The One & Nines. It’s decidedly retro … but thoroughly fresh and absolutely unique. Take some 50’s jazz with some 60’s blues and soul, and throw in some early-era rock and roll. There’s horns, organs, understated guitar and smooth vocals, and it all comes together seamlessly.
A particular favorite is the lead track from their EP, “Walked Alone.” Also, have a listen to “Something On Your Mind,” with its groovy undertones, soulful backup singers and honest lyrics:
Your love’s been fading since you opened up your door,
That’s been such a long time now.
I think something is on your mind,
But not on mine.
Vera Sousa heads up the vocals and, if you didn’t know better, you’d swear she was from an era past. The One & Nines are an easy listen that will leave you with a smile on your face and perhaps a longing for simpler times. Hosting a party any time soon? Add this to your playlist. The One & Nines will undoubtedly get people asking questions and admiring your versatile ear. As an added bonus, I suspect the ladies will dig it, even shake a leg. At least, groovy ladies.
You can hear The One & Nines EP at Lala.com, where you can also purchase it.
See The One & Nines live, at O’Hara’s in Jersey City, New Jersey on February 26.