Latest Reviews of ZALLEN
Power of Pop
Zallen (aka Mike Jones) has been laboring as an alternative pop artist for 15 years now and I have been awfully privileged to have been one of the few ‘in the know’. Zallen is a pop alchemist – able to take key 60s/70s pop influences and transform them into something personal and unique.
This is obvious from the get-go. The opening track of Zallen’s latest album – “Which Way Up” – manages to splice together the DNAs of 60s psychedelia (Barrett’s Pink Floyd, The Move and Traffic) with 70′s powerpop (Raspberries, Cheap Trick), not to mention a healthy dose of Bowie.
Ah yes, Bowie. This time around, it seems that Zallen has filtered much of the songwriting, arrangements and instrumentation through the lens of the legendary iconoclast. Tracks like “Grime”, “Stolen” and of course, “Bowie The Android Boy” are the clearest examples of this approach, without ever sounding outright derivative.
Indeed, Zallen utilizes Bowie’s penchant for eclecticism to spur him into expansive territory as the clean and uncluttered pop sounds of “Happy Puppy” and “Shy Boy” provide a wonderful contrast to the darker, buzzier compositions that pervade the album.
The CD comes with bonus enhanced portion with video, photos, lyrics and Zallen’s excellent artwork as well.
"Today" magazine - Singapore
Unless you are plugged in, it may be difficult to imagine that there exists a marginalised posse of bands and artists that continue to operate exclusively in the melodic pop-rock of the ‘60s and ‘70s in what is commonly known as the Pop Underground. This scene had its heyday during the ‘90s but the contemporary pop scene has been unkind somewhat to its exponents. Zallen, aka Mike Jones, is an artist who has been writing and releasing Pop Underground albums for 15 years now and is still going strong. As usual, his latest album is totally DIY as Zallen actually performes on every instrument heard. Highlights include the inventive Stolen, the poignant Father of Mine, the synth-poppy Bowie the Android Boy and the psych-rocking Which Way Up.
Fans of David Bowie, Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd & Todd Rundgren will love this!
New CD "ZALLEN"
The new CD by Zallen, entitled simply "ZALLEN", is now avalable.
New Website Design
Welcome to the newly redesigned website.
It’s been 3 years since Zallen’s CD “Crash Landing” but he hasn’t been static. Zallen has been busy composing and recording music for TV Shows and movies. One of those movies “Southern Knights’ begins filming in New Orleans in a few months and inspired Zallen to start writing and recording the new CD. We hope you enjoy listening to the new tunes as much as Zallen enjoyed making it!
We will be adding stuff as we go along, so check back occasionally. It's a work in progress.
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