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Jaws of Love Catches a Glimpse of a Second Life in “The Heist”

On Friday, November 11th, Kelcey Ayer of the quintessential Southern California indie rock band Local Natives returned with Second Life, the latest album under his solo project, Jaws of Love.

The Colombian-American recording artist has received continuous praise in print and on-air for their experimental sound and heartfelt lyricism. Fans got their first taste of the first full-length release since 2017’s Tasha Sits Close to the Piano with the lead single “Rainbow Baby” on October 14th.

The soundscape of Second Life is encapsulated in its final track, “The Heist.” Written in a singular session while spending time with his wife, the song explores a glimmer of hope that was felt on their second pregnancy journey when the couple passed the 7-week and one day mark — a time of tragic loss the previous year. “The Heist” provides a rare male perspective on the struggles that come with miscarriages, and describes Kelcey’s hopes for a literal second life of a child for the couple, as well as a new chance at living their parental dreams.

“In that moment, I imagined taking this next step would lead to another, and then another, and another, and I painted the life we might have if this child was born and actually was able to grow up. Sadly this pregnancy also ended… We’re still recovering from this loss, but at least we had this one moment documented where, albeit faintly, hope seemed brighter than despair.”

From piano and violin-driven introductory track “1000 Years” to features with Omotola, Adam Olivieri, and Combat!, Second Life offers an introspective ambiance from beginning to end.

You can listen to “The Heist,” the other tracks on Second Life, and the rest of Jaws of Love’s discography anywhere you listen to music. Find this and more great music on the Alchemical Records Multigenre Mixture playlist on Spotify.

Alchemical Records Contributing Writer Emma Downes

Emma Downes

Emma Downes is a recent graduate of DeSales University in Center Valley, PA, where she studied English and Communication. As a lifelong writer and music lover, she is happy to be incorporating both into her work for Alchemical Records. When she’s not writing, she enjoys getting to know the DMV entertainment scene, drawing, and spending time with her four siblings.  

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