New Signing: Jaguar Jonze; Watch Official Video For Debut Single “Beijing Baby”
August 22, 2019 BY Nettwerk
The enigmatic yet introspective indie rocker Jaguar Jonze (aka Deena Lynch) shares the ethereal-pop track “Beijing Baby,” a melancholic beauty woven with gun-slinging guitar lines and smoky vocals.
Working with a team of fellow Australians, director Ben Gerbanas and costume designer Cindy Vogels, the official music video exemplifies the audio, visual and performance art that informs every aspect of Lynch’s creative expression. Jaguar Jonze and its adjacent projects, the narrative illustration project Spectator Jonze and the gender-subverting photography project Dusky Jonze, are powerful ways in which Deena processes her most intimate vulnerabilities while empowering others to do the same.
Through Spectator Jonze, Deena uses bold pop art that dabbles in surrealism to destigmatize mental-health issues by interviewing her subjects before drawing them. Deena’s 50th portrait, a year into the project, confronted her own PTSD stemming from her unstable, unsafe childhood. “I realized when I stepped out of hiding, I could actually move forward, feel less isolated. I want other people to unburden themselves from the wasted extra energy spent pretending and hiding.”
Dusky Jonze, Deena’s most recent endeavor, compiles her photo work. “We don’t talk about toxic masculinity enough. So, I thought it’d be funny to just shoot male photographers,” she says of the evocative nude portraits. “And they were open to it. They’d say, ’You know what? This makes me a better photographer.’” Consequently, the photo project has become a more fluid effort to undo insecurities and taboos of both the male and female body, within the engendered eye of the photographer.
Each project has its unique identities, but a common thread of confronting shame and taboos by diving deep into the human psyche. Explains Deena: “Everything I do stems from the need for dialogue – Jaguar being an internal dialogue with my subconscious, Spectator being an external dialogue with others on mental health and the mind and Dusky being a dialogue with the body.”
“Beijing Baby” drops tomorrow and will appear on a forthcoming debut EP. Stream/Download here: https://smarturl.it/JJonze_BeijingBaby.
Jaguar Jonze joins Nettwerk’s expanding label roster, which includes artists like Mallrat, The Veils, SYML, Mr Little Jeans, Harrison Brome, Vök, Jack River and Kill J.
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