Another sunny Tuesday here in the mountains of Lucerne, and I’m trying something new – writing my daily review outside. The breathtaking nature view in front of me serves the mood as I delve into the world of Jovi Skyler and his debut album that I was introduced to about a week ago. After giving it several listens on repeat, exploring the artist’s socials, and checking out his YouTube library, I’d like to share my thoughts on this intriguing work.
First and foremost, while I’ve never been a big fan of ’90s punk, grunge, or alternative rock, I can’t deny their heavy influence on my musical taste and development. As someone who grew up listening to the heavy music of the ’90s, Jovi Skyler’s debut album immediately captured my attention as the passionate creation of a dedicated artist. Impressively, he’s the one-man orchestra behind the entire project – from visualization to execution, composition to instrumentation, tracking to album production. His unapologetic approach fearlessly incorporates the nostalgic vibes of ’90s alternative, grunge, and punk rock, forming the distinctive character of his debut album, although a little familiar.
As I mentioned, the album concept is infused with the influences of ’90s alternative, punk, grunge, and progressive rock, with a distinct echo of Kurt Cobain’s recognizable signature. The energy of the entire album often channels the spirit of Nirvana to an undeniable degree.
Technically, the album stands out for its DIY qualities, one of the defining characteristics of this release. “Nothing to Do” draws on elements reminiscent of Nirvana’s earlier records, utilizing these influences not only musically but in its perspective, sound design, and overall character.
In considering Jovi Skyler’s work, I find potential in his musical vision, regardless of the final outcome. He experiments with interesting soundscapes, depressive vibes, and chord progressions, displaying an admirable interpretation of ’90s alternative and grunge rock. None of these tracks have anything mainstream or generic; on the contrary, they are unapologetically raw and underground – a quality that I find quite commendable.