Jamaican Queens-“Joe”


In 2013 one of my favorite new groups was the Detroit-based band Jamaican Queens. Their album Wormfood came in at number 25 on my year-end list, and seeing them live at Schubas was one of the highlights of my concert calendar. They didn’t take too much time off, releasing a new song back in October. Now they’ve resurfaced once again with “Joe,” which premiered this week on Pretty Much Amazing.

Everything Ryan Spencer and Adam Pressley come up with is so uniquely beautiful and odd I can’t help but love it all. Spencer’s self-harmonizing voice spirals off into little sonic bits, floating around the melody like he’s been practicing to Of Montreal records since Wormfood was released. And the familiar beats that consistently made that record so much fun come up again here, helping the group maintain their title as the “trap-pop” band of the moment.

They’ll be on the road all of February in support of the new single, including a free show here in Chicago at The Empty Bottle on the 16th. Check out their site for all the dates. If you haven’t picked up a copy of Wormfood yet, please do so here. It’s NYP, so you could technically get it for free.