Someone ~ ‘Say Something’
“gutsy psych-pop … immersive guitar fuzz and charmingly lackadaisical vocals” The Line of Best Fit
“We see it all the time. Artists are continually evolving as people, and with that lifelong progression, their sound typically follows.” The Music Ninja
The former cutesy singer-songwriter shakes off her previous self to explore the rockier depths of pop composition and discover the power of absolute freedom.
Whereas first single ‘The Deep’ had a warm, brooding groove, ‘Say Something’ brings the fuzz – upbeat guitars, pounding rhythms and an imperious chorus deliver an infectious guitar-pop cut. Released here with a surreal video riffing on the ridiculousness of so called self-help gurus, and playing on retro nostalgia.
It’s been 4 years since the release of (Songs from) The Sandbox, Jackson’s debut album which bagged an impressive number of plays on the Dutch airwaves, and multiple television features plus syncs for American commercials and series (such as the acclaimed New Girl)
However, set with the task of writing album number two, the TRJ river was running dry. She discovered that the teenager responsible for the poppy happy-go-lucky tunes of her debut album had been replaced by someone older, someone wiser, and (dare she say?) someone a whole lot more interesting. After three years’ working as a composer for TV and feature film, Jackson’s skillset as a writer and producer was broadening, along with her musical tastes (and dusty synthesizer collection).
Hence the regeneration.
“I wanted a name that meant: Don’t worry about who I am. Just check out what I make. I make a lot. Some you may like, some you may not. But I’ll like it. And you know what, I’m someone too.”
Though the ear-wormy pop sentiment of TRJ still trickles through the veins of the new tracks, the rest of the music is a far cry from the Sandbox. Enhanced by Jackson’s own abstract artworks and live visuals, Someone is like a trip inside her chaotic, over-productive (but colourful) mind.
Tellingly Jackson remarks of ‘Say Something’ and the accompanying video: ““It’s about humour. And about people. And about nonsense. As it should be.”
17th November – Paradiso Noord, Amsterdam