JHAMEEL offers his musical HELLO for no CASH

tell me how many lives must i walk through

Jhameel – Hello Cash

Jhameel was on track to be an officer in the US Army when his conflicting beliefs with the the American presence in the Middle East led him to leave to pursue music. (The dude is fluent in Arabic, Spanish, Korean, and Russian so bummer for the US Army.) Anyway, no surprise that such a smart dude is able to sit alone and layer instruments to create music so beautifully glitchy and yet still very buoyant. “Eclectic, refreshing, and catchy” are how his MySpace describes his music and I’d have to say that’s spot on. This is perfect music for the rainy weather we are having here in Poland. His whole album is available for free from his website so don’t sleep on that. Oh, and I guarantee that he doesn’t look anything you are imagining right now. [Thanks to Audio Muffin for the tip]

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  • J Rich

    halfway through the album and really enjoying it so far.

    another nice find from TBE.

  • Candace

    Okay, so I'm enjoying the particular track that's on right now. BUT, is not Jhameel to Beirut as Owl City is to The Postal Service? Just sayin'. Also, not to be a hater, but let's be real, everybody who took the ASVAB in high school and also got above 1000 on their SATs was on track to be an officer in the U.S. military, so to say he “quit” before he even started is just beyond pretentious and seems like a bit of an of-the-moment attention-grab. Great music doesn't need a gimmick, and this kid's talent doesn't need a half-assed political statement to distract from it. Some voice – I'd love to see him live.

  • http://www.TheBurningEar.com/ Brandon @ TBE

    Nice! Yeah, it's perfect for those certain moods.

  • http://www.TheBurningEar.com/ Brandon @ TBE

    Haha, oh Candace. All those things are probably true but I don't even know what the ASVAB is. I'm glad you are liking the song though :)

  • Lynn

    Jhameel sounds nothing like Beirut, and his lyrical content is nowhere near similiar to Zach Condon's. On the other hand, Owl City blatantly–and shamelessly–sounds identical to the Postal Service, and he even goes so far as to plagiarize the lyrics selectively to get away with sounding as poetic but being half as meaningful. Jhameel's album never sacrifices integrity, emotion, or originality for extra appeal…

    In addition I'd like to point you to his website where one of the articles written by his good friend describe his actual experience in the army. In fact, here's the link to the post: http://www.wesleslie.com/?p=42

    It seems pretty legitimate to me that the “of-the-moment attention-grab” was actually kind of a significant conflict in his life.

    I would listen to the music and get to know the guy a bit more thoroughly before making such generalized and uninformed statements.

    But you're right, this refreshing talent deserves recognition indeed, either way.

  • http://www.TheBurningEar.com/ Brandon @ TBE

    Hi Lynn, thanks for this comment. That post was great to read and to get a glimpse of the story behind the music.

  • Ivan2001

    this is awesome! where did this guy come from?

  • http://www.TheBurningEar.com/ Brandon @ TBE

    Yeah, great stuff! There is plenty of backstory linked in the comments. Poke around :)

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