Bourgeoisie Paper Jam
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Here’s the story, Morning Glory, on who, what, and the why on the duo, Bourgeoisie Paper Jam (BPJ).
The members of the funk powerhouse are husband and wife team, Bruce and Vox. And when I say they do ALL THE THINGS, I truly mean it! In addition to Bruce playing bass, vocals, and every other instrument under the sun, he writes and produces with his wife, who also co-writes, does vocals and plays keyboard when she’s really feeling it. But that ain’t it, chief! They also truly personify the nature of the D.I.Y. Rock Stars—a name that they coined—because not only do they write music, but they run a blog, a YouTube channel, and a podcast that caters to nurturing a D.I.Y. lifestyle (http://www.bloomingprejippie.com). They also license music for apps.
The two ended up meeting and marrying in Detroit, Michigan (USA), where they have been making music since 1986. Their artistic philosophy is the same: make the music that speaks to you no matter how genre-defying it can seem sometimes. This is why they have written in so many different styles—under so many different names—that it might make you dizzy to sift through them; everything from house music to folk to jazz to experimental. Their name comes from the frustration of following pre-established rules set forth by others, but later they co-opted the sophistication and it became a method by which to subvert the rules.
Not surprisingly, this album, “Sugar Fit,” is their 25th release on their own label (under various pseudonyms), but only the 11th studio album for BPJ. The lyrics are more about embracing a mood than about making any one statement, so the subject matter ranges from being beguiled by a partner (“I Get Faded”) and seduced by the artistic process (“Honey”) and, even though folks think grownups have got it all together, the song “Sugar Fit” is about figuring how best to spend your time when you have to choose between working at making a living instead of working at your art. . A Taxi reviewer said of the title track, “Sugar Fit,” “Love the hook rhythm guitar part and cool answer guitar!”
The music on this album is decidedly funky. In fact, it is the album that harkens back to the funk of Sly Stone and Prince, along with a little Johnny Guitar Watson thrown in for flavor. It’s the album that we wanted to hear for funk fans of love that music of yesterday, but we’re ready for some new songs.
This is the first time that they are following a formal plan for release, instead of throwing it out there pretty willy nilly to see what would stick. Therefore, they are using the “Russian Doll” method of launching, where they will release a single a month from Record Store Day 2020 until all 14 songs have dropped. This will give them opportunities to engage with their fans and fellow artist community in some creative ways.
Hey, when you’ve waited this long to launch, you’ve got to give it all you’ve got and then some, right?