ARTISTS TO WATCH: Suite 709

Jirod Greene has the voice to bring Suite 709 serious attention. (Photo: The Austin Times)

I’ve been meaning to write about these guys for a while now, but when their single “Life Won’t Let You Down” crossed my desk again today I couldn’t resist. This is one of those r&b pop nuggets perfectly built for summer consumption, ready-made to be played full volume from speakers as you roll the windows down and belt out the chorus to various passers-by. Austin’s Suite 709 brings r&b and soul together to build a formula for pop music which is immediately accessible to a wide audience — it’s the kind of honest party atmosphere the people behind that cesspool known as LMFAO could only dream of.

Suite 709’s album Night & Day has brought immediate comparisons to Michael Jackson and James Brown, but the vibe on songs like “She Ain’t Easy” reminds me of what Maroon 5 used to be before Adam Levine sold his soul to pop-Satan. The rhythm section behind this group is to die for, and Night & Day is chock-full of singable pop smashes in the making. Call them a logical follow-up to the soul-pop revival of bands like Fitz and the Tantrums. If this is the direction r&b-based pop is heading, I’m definitely along for the ride. You’ll be able to hear the full album when it comes out July 9th, but until then, check out “Life Won’t Let You Down” below:

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