Jay Jay Pistolet is an island in the middle of West London. His music is inspired by surf pop, like the Beach Boys, and classic literature from F. Scott. Fitzgerald. He has toured around the world with Katie Melua, Two Gallants, and Kid Harpoon, and has had his music produced by Charlie Fink of Noah and the Whale. His debut EP, Happy Birthday You, was released by Stiff Records this week.
His voice croons and the bells and harmonies he uses are pleasant. There is definitely something quaint and old-time about his music. His video for "Bag of Gold" uses home footage from the south of France and Ibiza in the 1950s, and along with the Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, Serge Gainsbourg, Brigitte Bardot, and Billie Holiday are listed under his influences on his Myspace page. The Pogues are also listed. His approach to music and the image he places himself in is both intriguing and charming.
Download: "Holly" [mp3]