The haunting single “Reload” is the reason for this exchange. The product of singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist/ producer J.J. Leone, the gritty slice of what he calls “dark soul” is both a throwback and a leap forward.
Intertwining bubbling beats, acoustic drums, Stax-era guitar work and rich and vulnerable vocal, “Reload” is visual without being seen.
Most importantly, Leone has dropped a song that reeks of honesty and has crossover potential.
A self-taught musical prodigy that can play anything, Leone’s dedicated himself to music at the age of 10.
As an adult armed with talent and life experiences, he’s come through with his EP The Rebuild which he assembled in his bathroom.
The benefits of the natural acoustic s ring throughout “Reload” which is one that any soul, pop or open minded-rock fan should not overlook.