(Watch “Jive Babe” performed live, here)
All the comparisons in the world couldn’t do this high energy, out-of-the-box rock ‘n’ roll justice, but with a demeanor as cool as Elvis and a natural leadership as Edward Sharpe, we just can’t help it. Applying a reckless and rolling guitar throughout “Jive Babe,” the video and its dangerous vibe pairs well–a Bulgarian babe with a rifle and her kidnapped victim, Paskalev roam the countryside and end up at the mercy of a pyro-obsessed village. The results are hypnotizing.
That’s the word to describe this modern-day Eddie Cochran. In his live recordings, those soul-filled passion pipes hold your gaze until the fade out. And, the harmony between him and his band mates is palpable, feeding into the force of spirit he has produced in his foot-stomping music. As he revels in layered vocals and the power of the jam band, Mikhael Paskalev thinks outside of the indie folk-rock box, giving us a reason to look twice, and stare even longer.
Bulgarian-bred, Norwegian-born newcomer, Mikhael Paskalev is the introduction of the season. “Jive Babe,” performs as the twist and shout track of the summer, a boisterous punk of a dance starter. Very here in the now, the singer and his guitar create family folk rock in the vein of Edward Sharpe with artists and band members, Jonah Alaska, Billie Van, Jørgen Berg Svela, Fabian Prynn, and their producer, Joe Wills.
May 21 13 @ 5:23 PMMoMA's Annual Party in the Garden
May 22 13 @ 5:37 PMof Montreal at Music Hall of Williamsburg
May 23 13 @ 5:27 PMØDD Spring Sale
May 24 13 @ 5:40 PMYacht at Shea Stadium
May 25 13 @ 5:50 PMJames Murphy and Special Guests at Grand Prospect Hall
May 26 13 @ 5:54 PMOneohtrix Point Never at Saint Vitus
May 27 13 @ 6:01 PMA conversation With James Murphy
May 28 13 @ 5:46 PMNaoaki Funayama: X-don at Ouchi Gallery
May 29 13 @ 6:06 PMMarina & The Diamonds and Charli XCX
May 30 13 @ 6:10 PMLee "Scratch" Perry at Le Poisson Rouge