Brooklyn band Javelin are a rare thing in today’s music industry: lifelong collaborators. As cousins, George Langford and Tom Van Buskirk have been creating music together since childhood which has culminated in the formation of Javelin.
Both men, who play an insane amount of instruments between them (guitar, bass guitar, drums, mandolin, cello, and piano), craft incredible pop songs inspired by everything from electronica to old school eighties hip hop. Their first release was the self-produced Jamz n Jemz, featuring the laid back “Tu Machina,” followed by two 12 inch Eps from 2008 to 2010.
Like much of their early work, Javelin’s studio albums blatantly defy conventions. Both No Mas, and the recent Hi Beams, treat genres as travel destinations rather than narrow conventions. For instance “Airfield,” the standout track from Hi Beams, is a perfect dance tune with intricate sound design and lyrics straight out of Bernard Sumner’s notebook. You only have to wait until the next track to be taken somewhere different: “Friending” has more of a Ska influence than is healthy for 2014, but Javelin get away with it out of sheer showmanship. Even the more conventional “Light Out” has a deft synth riff looping around drums that sound almost military in nature.
A hyper realised mosaic of different sounds, Javelin will constantly keep you guessing and coming back for more.
By Kevin Boyle