Back in September, a reviewer at Luis Tovar’s Pretty Much Amazing alternative music blog went on and on about Louisville-based Nerves Junior’s new album till it was kind of embarrassing.
Now, PMA has named “As Bright as Your Night Light” and its Oasis-meets-House/Trance sound as its top album of 2011 atop a 40-artist list that includes Lady Gaga, Drake, Wilco and P.J. Harvey!
From the site:
No. 1 Nerves Junior – As Bright As Your Night Light
It’s a bit scary to see a band release this fully realized masterpiece so early in their career. Scary in the sense that they might fall into the same sophomore slump that has plagued nearly every promising act of the past decade (the list is rather long). What gives me hope that Nerves Junior won’t ensnare themselves in this self-fulfilling prophecy, is the fact that they are very aware of themselves and don’t let their own sound suffocate them, but instead use it as a vehicle for the “mapping of countries yet to come”. Regardless of their future endeavors, As Bright As Your Night Light is timeless — a template for those to follow and never quite replicate.
The rest of the PMA top 5 of 2011 are:
- No. 2 tUnE-yArDs – W H O K I L L
- No. 3 Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
- No. 4 Bon Iver – Bon Iver, Bon Iver
- No. 5 Shabazz Palaces – Black Up
The coolest thing about the PMA site is someone very slick integrated pop up boxes into the embedded music feed.
So when you click on Nerves Junior’s “Kale,” you hear the music and you also see in a tiny little box the video Gill Holland, the movie producer who also owns the band’s label, SonaBLAST! Records, promised us I dunno … like two months ago.
Worth the wait!
A few months ago, we were skeptical.
PMA, which has a huge base, has been steadfast:
We have been on top of Nerves Junior from the very beginning, posting the first song they posted on their Bandcamp page in early June, and assuring all of you that we’d be on that shit the moment they come out with a new track. The time has come.
The Louisville based rockers, with an obvious fondness for electronica and synthesizers, have just released “Kale,” which follows in the footsteps of “As Bright As Your Night Light”: it’s dark and mysterious, matching melodic guitar harmonies with electronic reverberation, but also has a booming climax, making the song fairly more accessible.
PMA wasn’t alone … a lot of music blogs including Consequence of Sound also have praised “As Bright as Your Night Light,” usually a harbinger of Rolling Stone noticing, and national fame.
Now they really are looking like the next big thing.