One of the fresher sounds in Belfast and Northern Ireland at the moment is coming straight from the impressive guitar playing of Tommy Jag. The third release from a budding retro-inspired repertoire is ‘Level 1‘.
The man behind the Tommy Jag moniker cut his teeth in the likes of indie band Hurdles and more recently funk purveyors Tuskany. A regular sideman with chops for days, ‘Level 1’ like the singles before it allows him to cut loose. Once again Tommy Jag sets a mood. Funky riffs are dropped through a prism of eighties power-guitar and an ascendancy of night-time synth. It’s all instrumental but there’s plenty of expression.
One for the fans of retro sounds and slick guitar playing, Tommy Jag and ‘Level 1’ may sit in quite a niche, but it’s one worth checking out.