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Jame Doe Song Premiere + Interview

Just in time for the last weekend in June, Jame Doe has partnered with the Deli to premiere his song “Garden With No Water” and the accompanying music video. The song is motivational pop without being too cloying. It delivers the right amount of sweetness tinged with an underlying darkness, though the two do not work as opposite forces. Instead, it gives you something to ponder as you dance. The video is charming, full of abstractly animated flowers that bloom and decay as Jame sings. He delivers a beautiful and simple performance. We talked to Jame about the inspiration behind his musical style, and what you can find in a “Garden With No Water.”

The Deli: Tell us a little about yourself

Jame Doe: When I was five or six my parents bought “Spice World” on VHS, and they’d put this shimmery, tinsel wig on me and film me singing every word to every song. Those were really my first performances. I had no siblings, and that’s kind of what only children do when they don’t know they’re deeply in the closet…  they belt Spice Girls in a rainbow wig. My parents definitely knew I was gay by this point, we fondly look back on this time. 

I’m 25 now and that little boy who just loved to sing at his imaginary audience and make them feel something they didn’t know they wanted to feel still drives me. I’ve been performing for about a year and a half as Jame. My real name is Jake, but my initials are JM.. thus Jame. Also rhymes with fame, shame, lame.. my favorite words. I sing about the boys I’ve lusted after, getting older, feeling lost in the big blue sea, and crippling self-doubt. I'm pretty dark pop-oriented but definitely vocally lean towards the big greats that inspire me (Celine Dion, Elton John, Adele, London Grammar.) 

Where do you draw inspiration from as an artist?

Drama. I love dramatic and contrasting proportions. In my apartment I have chairs that are three inches wide that have little plants on them. There is a spoon and fork set on my walls in the dining room that are four feet tall. I’m constantly wearing oversized cloaks that drape to the floor. There’s something about distorted proportions I’ve always loved and I like to think that way in my music. I’m inspired by presenting the unexpected. 

 At the core of my songs I always want there to be beauty.. whether it’s the notes, the lyrics, the instrumentation, the harmonies, something in it should always feel beautiful because I try to find the beauty in every situation I tangle myself in. 


Any specific influences we can hear in Garden w/no Water?

Last May, in the middle of the night my longtime music collaborator called me and told me she wouldn’t be working with me anymore because she was moving back to Georgia. I was devastated, really heartbroken to lose a friend in such a bizarre way. I hold onto my friends so deeply. It made sense, deep down why she needed to go, but I play no instruments and I thought to myself, ‘how am I going to write music without her?’

I was just beginning to get good gigs and I thought, shit I can’t make new music. The next day I stood at my boyfriend’s keyboard and wrote this song, including all the piano. Just by figuring it out with some little chord app on my phone. But yeah, she left me feeling like a garden with no water. Here I am with my voice and my lyrics (that I think are beautiful) and no way to cultivate them. The water was in me all along I guess.

I wanted the video to be this fun representation of myself. I'm so inspired by clunky + clashy fashion, and I've always loved animations when placed on top of real performances. Two amazing PNCA students, Brian Baird Asiata and Monica McGrane animated the video that Sam Gehrke shot. 

 What do you hope the audience takes away?

That friends can break your heart in ways you didn’t think they had the power to. But the beauty and the water has been in you the whole time, and if you’re feeling low then dance it out and make a harmony to get over it. 


Jame Doe will be playing a show at Holocene on July 3rd with Colin Jenkins and Charts

-By Avril Carrillo

 

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07.06: The High Tides open for The Constellations at The End

Fans of the lo-fi hip-hop tinged indie sound of Mac Demarco or Anderson .Paak will enjoy the tunes of The High Tides, one of Nashville's new up-and-coming indie groups, led by Aaron Diebold, Aeris Hennings, Xavier Bond, and Jackson Weippert. The High Tides' blend of R&B and pop fits right in with the increasingly hot dog days of summer; their new album Thanks For Nothing, which came out in May, has a handful of tracks to cool you down, including the soothing opener "My Perspective" which you can listen to below. The High Tides will open a bill headlined by Atlanta-based hip-hop/rock band The Constellations at The End on July 6th. Recover from your holiday hangover, then go check them out. - Will Sisskind

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New Track: "Playoff" - Makeup Tutorial

"Playoff" is the latest single to appear from Makeup Tutorial. Ruminating in lo-fi, bedroom-pop atmospherics, the soft, whispered vocals are contrasted by the forceful, acoustic strums. Mixed emotions express doubt over sustainability, as the outer perimeters morph sonically. It’s a song that begins and ends gently, yet resonates with a resounding strength.

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New Yeenar EP Available for Streaming & Purchase

The quartet of Yeenar recently dropped its new EP Nonbloomer, which was co-produced by Mark Watter (Rosu Lup, Howlish). The record captures a delightfully melodic, powerpop picture. Allowing in momentous swells of unencumbered heaviness, the band juxtaposes beauty with a bluntness. You can catch Yeenar at Milkboy on Saturday, August 17, in support of Dionysia.

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Plastic Picnic's "After You" is a Nostalgic Wave, plays Market Hotel 7.18

Much like the ebb and flow of the ocean informing its seemingly René Margritte-inspired album artwork, single “After You” gently washes over the listener, soaking them in the vintage atmospheric sound of New York synth pop outfit Plastic Picnic. The first single from their forthcoming sophomore EP Vistalite, “After You” makes no effort to deny its '80s inspiration, but channels the timeless theme of fearing change into its delicate vocal line. Simultaneously, it never barrages you with a nostalgic sound, applying a modern perspective by scaling back instrumentation carefully over the course of four minutes, presenting a sonic output that is well-tempered and rich, but never overwhelming. It promises a dreamy performance at Market Hotel on July 18th for the band’s record release show, supported by Toldeo, Hypoluxo, and Pecas. Stream it below. -Connor Beckett McInerney

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