Smoke & Jackal – S/T (Sony Music Canada)

smoke & jAWhile not busy with Kings of Leon, KOL bassist Jared Followhill teams up with his pal Nick Brown (Mona) in Smoke & Jackal. The duo’s debut EP is a slow burner of sorts, relying on electronic-infused pop on songs like album opener Fall Around and You’re Lost. They don’t completely eschew the guitar as an instrument, but instead of it being the driving force behind the band, its influence is considerably more minimal than you are going to hear in either of their other bands.