Grow On, released Aug. 11 via Captured Tracks, showcases the Canadian songwriter and producer’s creativity, talent, and confidence. This is especially true in “Dirk Gently (Know Yourself)”, a track that mixes hip-hop, R&B, jazz, indie rock, and exciting groovy synth instrumentation reminiscent of Tame Impala, complete with JayWood’s unique voice.
The colorful video, directed by Min Soo Park and filmed in Los Angeles, shows him singing as he freely rides his bike through both busy streets and empty fields. JayWood’s energy radiates as much as the sun in the video – you can feel his joy through the screen.
“This sh*t nasty af. If you hear this and you’re not shaking ya ass, WTF are we even doing here?”, Haywood-Smith says about the song.
Grow On comes after his most recent LP Slingshot, “a self-portrait of JayWood at his surface and his depths.” The new EP consists of four tracks, two of which are bonus tracks from the Slingshot sessions, an “OG” version of the album single “Thank You,” and a cover of Tyler, the Creator’s “SWEET.” It “is a continuation of the sonic playground Haywood-Smith cultivated between 2018 and 2020 and seeks to ‘leave nothing behind artistically’ from the last record, while shedding some light on the creative path ahead.” Its title, a lyric from “Thank You”, came from Haywood-Smith’s late mother’s advice for him to “grow up and grow on”.
Emma Page, a recent Journalism graduate of The George Washington University, possesses a passion for music journalism and storytelling in all its forms. Originally from Baltimore, MD, when she is not writing, she can be found at a local concert or making music of her own.
Queer duo Witch Weather discuss new album and the influence of the DMV on their sound.
Philadelphia-based queer punks Witch Weather have a message for anyone who feels hopeless and worthless: you are not alone. With an irresistible sound that draws from 80’s goth and lo-fi grunge, the indie duo wears their heart on their sleeve, giving voice to complex emotions that many would opt to suppress in the recesses of their minds.
Join Alchemical Records as they connect with Witch Weather to discuss the band’s new self-titled album, their search for a sense of belonging as members of the queer community, the important element that keeps the duo’s creative bond strong, and the influence of the DMV on their sound.