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.
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(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.