Jaguar Jonze SXSW Showcase + TEDxUQ
March 16, 2021 BY Nettwerk
Friday, March 19th
Didirri / Jaguar Jonze / Hauskey / Indigo Sparke
No Money Enterprise / The Merindas
**The showcase will be replayed 12 hours later at 9AM CDT on the 18th, 19th, and 20th
Australia’s Jaguar Jonze announces her SXSW performance, a virtual showcase that invites fans into her fantastical cyberpunk world. A tireless advocate for mental health, Jaguar Jonze also joins TEDxUQ 2021 to share her experience of overcoming complex PTSD through art. In its eighth year, TEDxUQ returns for an event focused on the theme of our shared humanity. Watch it here.
The Asian-Australian singer-songwriter, real name Deena Lynch, was recently featured on the cover of NME Australia with artwork designed by herself under her moniker Spectator Jonze.
Her latest single “CURLED IN,” presents all her best qualities at its outset. The song is co-written and co-produced with her bassist Aidan Hogg (Hatchie, Holy Holy, WAAX). From the track’s rip-roaring, slicing guitar to her perfectly forceful, omnipresent vocals, “CURLED IN” is a pure cathartic release. “Tear me apart, just tear me apart,” she all but demands: “I’ve never seen wrong be done right.” She’s fulfilling her simplest needs, and it’s freeing. “It’s a bit of a twist for me to be a masochist.” As a survivor of abuse, these words’ unafraid power is all too apparent and an engaging statement to hear expressed.
The EP, ANTIHERO, itself plays like a long overdue reply to everyone who’s ever taken you for granted. On it, Jaguar Jonze takes on the role of the dominant avenger, taking everyone and anyone, who deserves it to the task. She says it herself on, “DEADALIVE,” quite acerbically: “As you’ve never been hurt…” With propelling drums and fuzzy, steadily swirling guitars backing her, the song proves a retort to any notion of giving in to the endless churn of boredom. “MURDER,” in spite of its title, is far more subtle, with a soothing, mesmerizing riff that leads us deeper into her head, while lyrically she expresses a rejection of the typical patriarchal expectations. “TESSELLATIONS” opens things up with a glancing blow. Buzzing electronic elements and click-clacking percussion providing a perfect backdrop for some of the bluntest, most vulnerable songwriting Jonze has to offer. It’s a song with no right answer, and she knows it, sharing: “It’s knowing that we can’t erase the past but we continue to try for the other person, to ask them to put their defenses down and work together on one side.” Wrapping things up, “ASTRONAUT” fully takes us into space, with its patient, throbbing guitar and distant, echoing drums. At last, she’s escaping her pain, and so long as we’re listening, it feels like we just might make it out, too.
- CURLED IN
ANTIHERO is now available for preorder, click HERE: https://jaguarjonze.ffm.to/astronaut.