Jeremy Jay is the kind of determinedly un-modern guy who probably carries a pocket watch and views old French movies exclusively. He has a boyish imagination and sings semi-embarrassing lyrics like "giddy-up, horsey, giddy-up" over fantastical romance tunes. If that sounds nauseatingly precious to you, then, like me, you'll be pleasantly surprised by Slow Dance, his third release.
The L.A./Paris musician has a voice reminiscent of Owen Pallett's and tends toward cutesy (see aforementioned Gallop). But these cloying idiosyncrasies are stirring on darker songs like Canter Canter and the title track, which is the closest anyone has come to matching Bad Man by the Juicy Bananas.
Top track: Slow Dance
Jeremy Jays gallops into Toronto (venue tba) on May 6.