By Charlie Maybee
New York based electro pop singer-songwriter, Jay Ives, is letting his freak flag fly with his latest single “Freak” which flutters with plentiful amounts of stuttering tremolo effects.
There is a sense of lamentation that comes through the lyrics like Ives has been ditched by someone who was once a fellow freak. “Could have been what you wanted / I come around when the curtains closed” he sings through the latter half of the chorus, “Eat it all like we got it / She said, ‘I can’t be a freak no more’”.
But these dampened lyrics don’t deter the sense of fun that flows through each electronic note. With booming bass and EDM like synthesizers, the song has a quick internal heartbeat that will have you pulsing along at a different pace. “This was one of the most spontaneous songs I’ve ever created” Ives writes about the songwriting process, “I basically started mumbling into the mic until I landed on some good melodies. I’m always amazed by how things take shape when we lower our guard and just let the energy flow”.
The song will be promoted through a series of social posts showing off quirky things that Ives enjoys about himself with using #freak like the fact that he sometimes butters both sides of his toast. “I’ll encourage others to share what makes them a #freak too. We’re all freaks in our own way. Isn’t that worth celebrating?”
“Freak” is available on major streaming platforms like Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, and Shazam. Find this and more great music on the Alchemical Records Multigenre Mixture playlist on Spotify.
Charlie Maybee is a dancer, musician, educator, and writer based in Charleston, South Carolina who currently teaches with the Dance Program at the College of Charleston. His primary work as an artist is with his performing collective, Polymath Performance Project, through which he makes interdisciplinary performance art that centers tap dance as the primary medium of expression and research. He also currently plays rhythm guitar for the Charleston-based punk band, Anergy, and releases music as a solo artist under the name Nox Eterna.
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