All I can imagine while listening to this track is how the creator must have had so many different directions for what it was supposed to sound like. Instead of narrowing down a particular music style, Julian Fulco Perron (JFP) made the bold decision to combine different options altogether and see what would happen. This hodge-podge construction method is what makes “Not So Fast” unique. There are a lot of experimental influences carried over from their previous project with 21 Taras and current projects with The Time Travelers and The Petty Nicks Experience, a Stevie Nicks/Tom Petty tribute band. Since pursuing a solo career in 2020, JFP has developed a sound that is almost impossible to nail down. I enjoy the challenge of pinpointing an artist’s approach to songwriting as well as narrowing down their style. This single is meant to be listened to more than once just to embrace how the genre switches multiple times throughout the almost four minute song. “Not So Fast” scratches at your brain as you ponder the method in which it took to create it.
At the beginning of this track, the vocals resembled a modernized Paul McCartney while ending in 60s psychedelic styled drone singing. There was a moment where I felt this song crossed into “All These Things That I’ve Done” by The Killers. The beat from the line “I got soul, but I’m not a soldier.” is similar to the chorus in “Not So Fast”, but sped up. JFP throws British pop and psychedelic elements vicariously into this song as if to grab the listener’s attention. The horns and keyboard give off the rhythm of bebop jazz.
Through each musically stylistic shift executed in this song, it causes one to question the true intended genre of the music itself. It’s as if this song could indeed be its own flavored style of its very own. Within the first minute, the genre felt like folksy British pop and then it quickly switched to experimental 60s psychedelic rock, but politely nods back to the very beginning. I was pleasantly surprised at the blend of 1940s bebop jazz fading into a 60s rock ballad during the last minute and thirty seconds of this track. The co-mingling of the two different sounds adds a flavor profile that even I wasn’t expecting and I love it. I personally enjoyed the second half of “Not So Fast” more than the beginning due to the amount of jazz elements involved. It’s a song that is bound to get stuck in your head.