I feel like such a horrible fan. One of my favorite J-Rock acts “Jinn”, released a mini album in July…….JULY!, and I just found out a couple days ago.
Jinn is a four piece Japanese indie/alternative/metal band. I first discovered them in 2007 when their song “Kaidoku funou” or “indecipherable” (English) was used as the theme song for arguably the most popular anime that year “Code Geass: Lelouch of the rebellion”. Having their song feature on such a popular show gave Jinn world wide exposure. I immediately fell in love with the band and started exploring other songs by them. Their sound is very unique, their songs have this edge to them, but at the same time there is an underlying soul behind it. The element that stands out most about Jinn is lead signer Hitan. Her vocals are simply amazing. This isn’t your typical cutie girl voice, her voice is harsh and rough, yet its so beautiful and unique and the girl herself is something self, she is tomboyish and likes to perform barefoot. She is energetic and just plain awesome, but also manages to be cute as a button.
I hadnt listened to Jinn for a good portion of this year, but I decided to listen to one of their older songs called “Malachite” and it got me inspired and I kept thinking to myself
“2010 has been a great year for me personally when it comes to music , all my favorite bands or artist’s have released a new album or single except Death cab and yeah yeah yeahs, but what are the chances Jinn also released or is about to release something”.
Turns out my suspicions were right, Jinn released a mini album called “Engine” in July.
Engine consists of six tracks and is about 25 minutes long. The perfect length for a mini album. The album takes a slightly lighter approach to Jinn’s trademark sound. The hard rock edge is still there, but its mixed in with motivational and very catchy choruses and forms this perfect combination of both commercial and experimental.
Engine is a great mini-album. Listening to it was a delight, Its been keeping me sane through the past couple days. If this mini is a sign of things to come then I eagerly await their next full length album.
Welcome back Jinn, I’ve missed you guys!
I suggest you give some of their songs a listen if you are looking for something different but beautiful.