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Possibly Now! (Imprint)

Jorge Gonzalez -- better known by his nom de record, Jorges -- says he experienced a life-altering moment with his first listen to the Replacement's "Gimme Noise." That personal fascination with rock 'n' roll mythology has led the Miami native to a long and varied career hunting for the definitive pop sound. Jorges' mission is to elevate pop music out of its current shit-stench to its former Beatles-quality rank. This mighty effort brought him to join an early line-up of Hialeah's the Brand, which led to some high-profile gigs in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and Mexico with Warner recording artists Volumen Cero.

Learning and quietly fabricating, Jorges planted the seeds of Possibly Now! almost two years ago. Time and patience yield the best rewards, and they're evident here -- from the surreal opening teen-angst rocker of "Underwear" to the caramelized sucralose clap-along close of "Meant to Be." Jorges performs all vocals, guitars, bass, and effects on the record, with the assistance of Volumen's Fernando Sanchez on drums (and for gigs there's a full band). The explorations veer from Ennio Morricone territory with "Much Too Soon," to pop bliss with synth effects kept to a minimum. The title track is an excellent, frenzied, post-punk number of heartfelt desperation that momentarily betrays the starry-eyed happiness of the album; it's a welcome change of pace before "Stars are Exploding," a long, slow, brooding instrumental that clears the palate before the aforementioned upbeat closer. And a very satisfying taste it is, with no filler to tarnish it. Jorges, mission accomplished!

Jorges debuts Possibly Now! at 10 p.m. Thursday, August 25, with special guest Humbert at I/O, 30 NE 14th St., Miami. The show is free. Call 305-358-8007.

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Abel Folgar