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ON THE RADAR: JØUR Paints in Contrast in Her new album “Chiaroscuro”

JOUR Jourdan Myers 2018 Album Minneapolis MN

Minneapolis vocalist, JØUR is contrast. Head vs heart. Light vs dark. Clear vs obscure. Minimalism vs complexity. Analog vs electronic.

All of these elements, often pitted against each other, find themselves simultaneously alive and true in a beautiful paradox on JØUR’s debut record “Chiaroscuro.” In the space between loud and quiet, power and serenity, JØUR dances boldly yet delicately.

Her deeply contemplative lyrics are framed in accessible alt-pop sensibilities and beats. Songs which explore life’s shadow side are yet winsome and inviting as JØUR’s vocals flit between angelic delicacy and explosive power.

Pairing electronic minimalism with elegant musical composition, JØUR achieves what is both timeless and relevant. JØUR is an active performer in her local Twin Cities music scene, and is the co-founder of the Good Arts Collective, a local collaborative arts organization that seeks to empower artists to transition from hobbyists to professionals.

There is a variety of sounds on this record. “One More Night” feels like Billie Eilish. “Danger Game” holds a poppy essence accompanied by grungy guitar in the chorus you might hear on a Gavin Degraw tune, while “The War Inside” has a delicate sound reminiscent of Daughter’s  “Youth”.

There are some unexpected production decisions in this record. For example, “Cut” opens with gospel backing vocals, followed by a gritty synth and deep bass.

“JØUR’s musicality and pop stylizing feel both contemporary yet classic.” -EQ Music Blog

Check her out at her album release show, Thursday, October 11th at the Cedar Cultural Arts Center in Minneapolis, MN with special guests Sexy Delicious and Andy Cook. 7:30pm / all ages / $12

1. Black Hole
2. One More Night
3. American Nightmare
4. Hollow Horse
5. The War Inside
6. Danger Game
7. Revolution
8. Cut
9. Slip Away
10. Wandering

Written by Bo Weber

Positive energy-seeking Minnesotan who finds joy in songwriting, graphic design, writing, videography, eating plants, and living in a van down by the river.

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