Soul music has never been an easy genre to pin down. Throughout it’s long history, the genre has evolved quite considerably, moving from one sound to the next almost as quickly as the cultural shifts that have accompanied it. More recently, we’ve seen artists like Leon Bridges and Bernhoft harken back to its roots, while adding their own unique touches. Jodie Abacus, formerly of Jodie Versus Everyone, is intent on keeping it this way with his irresistible debut single, “I’ll Be That Friend.”
The song begins with a rough recording of Abacus’ voice, but opens up to a delightful piano arrangement, a crunching guitar riff and a faint string section. As the song progresses, Abacus demonstrates his vocal range, harmonizing one minute and hitting those high notes the next. Although this only his first single, you can already sense that Abacus is destined for big things, especially if he keeps churning out hits like things.