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Jack West Returns with Remarkable New Single, ‘Montreal’

By Margaret Adams

Singer-songwriter Jack West is back with his new single “Montreal” from his upcoming album, numb, set for release this spring. 

The Rochester-native has been featured on multiple notable performances such as “Missing Out” (feat. Mike McCready from Pearl Jam) in 2020 and the 50th Woodstock Celebration Performance in 2019. 

The song’s production is very timely; it aligns with the art-pop indie music that is currently trending through social media applications, specifically TikTok. The lyrics describe the laments of a man in love who yearns for the sweet memories of the beginning of a relationship. The driving and repetitive force of the piano makes the song the quintessential indie pop tune. 

“I started writing ‘Montreal’ in September of 2020 in NYC with a few band members. I remember writing the lyrics, walking along the Hudson River looking at Manhattan,” said West. “It was a great feeling, writing this new music, in NYC, with people who are great at what they do. The main picture I guess of the song is running back to someone, and trying to get back what we had…” 

The timely production could be explained by John Greenham, who mastered Billie Eilish’s Grammy Award-winning “WHEN WE FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?”. Greenham mastered this song, as well as West’s upcoming album, numb.

Fans of Billie Eilish, Rex Orange County, and COIN should listen to West’s new single “Montreal.” The track is available on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, and SoundCloud. Follow our Alchemical Multigenre Mixdown playlist for more great music featured on the site.

Margaret Adams, Contributing Writer at Alchemical Records

Margaret Adams

Margaret Adams is a Psychology major and Rhetoric and Writing minor at The Catholic University of America from New Orleans, Louisiana. In addition to her work with Alchemical, she writes for CUA’s student newspaper, The Tower, and has recently been named Quill Editor. She enjoys reading, writing, and looking at pictures of her dog, Bella.

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