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Jadu Heart - Melt Away Music Album Reviews

The masked UK duo crafts electronic pop that draws on hip-hop, R&B, chillwave, and psych-funk, but their immersive soundscapes leave little impression.

From spiritual jazz legend Sun Ra to self-styled rap villain MF DOOM to the chrome-helmeted robots of Daft Punk, musicians seeking to cultivate mystery and intrigue have donned masks. Jadu Heart—the London duo of Alex Headford and Diva Jeffery—place themselves in this lineage, and they’re rarely seen without their masks, which resemble a more whimsical Donnie Darko bunny.


The costuming is part of an elaborate backstory, equal parts “Legend of Zelda,” Indiana Jones, and the fever dream of a J Dilla disciple. As Jadu Heart tell it, their alter-egos Dina and Faro were cursed after they unwittingly touched a magic MPC in an abandoned temple. Their early EPs recalled the otherworldly beat music of Brainfeeder producer Teebs, incorporating aqueous warbles and clicks into glittering electronic pop. On their debut album Melt Away, the duo attempt to meet their self-mythology with immersive soundscapes that leave little impression.

In the tradition of Gorillaz or Jai Paul, Jadu Heart’s borderless electronica eagerly welcomes hip-hop, R&B, chillwave, and psych-funk into the fold. Ukulele twangs, handclaps, and found-sound samples turn “The Cure” into a Maggie Rogers-esque blend of folk and dance, except with African drumming and a hip-hop breakdown. Producer Mura Masa (the duo’s label head) joins for the jazzy “U Never Call Me,” where elements like kalimba and a clave drum pattern point towards Afro-Cuban inspiration. Then there’s “Heroin Song,” which sounds like Oasis gone shoegaze. But just because Jadu Heart pull from multiple genres doesn’t mean their tracks are innovative. Most of their choices serve to create a wash of sound that all blends together.

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Jadu Heart have an ear for an intricate melody, but their vague lyrics never get a chance to be memorable. On “Forgotten Ghosts,” a disaffected Headford emotes sadness in melodramatic metaphors like, “We’ll go and feel the rain/Falling like an angel in the sea.” “Harry Brompton’s Ice Tea” refers to a brand of fruity beverage, though the song might also double as a metaphor for a psychedelic trip. “I’m drifting now, down through the river that’s made/Can you feel it,” the two sing over a smooth funk beat. But there are no clear narratives, no concrete imagery, no sense of the universe they’re attempting to reveal.

After nearly an hour of reverbed guitar and synth, Melt Away ends with a breath of fresh air: a faithful cover of Vashti Bunyan’s 1970 song “Diamond Day,” sparingly accentuated by the flutter of violin strings and the childlike lilt of a recorder. But Jadu Heart’s remake betrays their weaknesses. As Headford and Jeffery reproduce Bunyan’s elegant quatrains, their own songs appear amateurish by comparison. Granted, there are a lot more instruments and production effects in a Jadu Heart song. But Bunyan found a timeless magic in the mundane that no amount of cosmic sound-design conjuring can match.


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