You see, Jarrod was running one day and was hit by a drunk driver to which he has no memory. He was in a coma for days to which he finally awoke from. To this day he says that he can’t feel parts of his body, can’t taste, can’t smell but he says, “I’m ok with that.”
9FM – Ninth Floor Mannequin
So, let’s dive into the music! He recently put out a full length project Green & Blue for Blackness. I’m going to be honest, this is one of the best projects I have heard this year, period. I could compare so many influences or what I would think would be influences, but Jarrod mixes everything together so well that it truly stands on its own. The other night I started writing the review and just ended up sitting and listening to the entire record straight through. I was honestly moved by the story and melodic structure. I haven’t listened to an album straight through like that in years, no joke.
The first track “Absences” is an obvious standout. We have featured it on our podcast before, and Indie Music Plus co-owner David Werba has raved about this song many times as one of his favorites. In “Absences” the driving four on the floor kick starts out the tune perfectly and keeps it driving throughout. If I remember correctly the song is about the drug Fentanyl which is a powerful synthetic opiate analgesic similar to but more potent than morphine. Jarrod is not advocating for the use of this drug. He’s writing about his experience with it in the hospital while recovering…although he doesn’t remember a bit of using it because he was in a coma.
“Snakebit” seems to be a popular song on the project. I noticed it right away when listening for the first time, and Jarrod mentioned it to me as well that people seem to be attracted to it. I can see why! The intro is spacey and surreal with what sounds like a banjo carrying on in the background. The chorus shoots right into a straight ahead beat with heavy and echoed vocals while asking some deep questions. The vocals are what take the tune for me with their smooth harmonies that clash for brief moments, but they always sound good and fit together. This track also highlights the vocal abilities of 9FM.
I literally could go on and on about how impressed I am with the music of Ninth Floor Mannequin. Jarrod Pedone has a collection of great song after great song and some potential indie hits on his new project. I highly encourage you to go to follow him on Spotify and save the new record Green And Blue For Blackness into your collection. Trust me, you’ll thank yourself later! As always thank you for reading what I write and SUPPORT INDIE MUSIC!!