I’ll be that suffering one, numb not clever
Ms. “I’ll see you never” late out on the street
I’ll be there cross holding, always under weather in that old dirty sweater that never fitted me
From the mist-kissed skyline of Seattle emerges the dream-drenched darkwave act known as MØAA, who heralds what’s to come with a brand new song entitled “Jaywalker.” This sensitive ballad is the namesake and beacon of the Jancy Rae helmed project’s forthcoming second studio album, scheduled for an autumnal release this October.
“Jaywalker” is a melancholic orchestration of nocturnal dream pop, designed with throbbing heartbeats of 909 drum machines buried under alluring whispers of vocals and the sparkle of reverb-soaked guitars. The gritty basslines lead into lavish chorus and pulsating synths. The title is not a literal interpretation, but a poetic metaphor for any kind of dangerous addiction – be it drugs, risky behaviour, or obsession.
Every one of us is familiar with a Jaywalker – those who dare to flirt with the thin line between life and death, enticed by the deadly game of Russian roulette. To an onlooker, the Jaywalker’s antics may seem repellent, mad, or shocking, yet underneath the outer shell is a soul yearning for connection, but perpetually failing to grasp it. Perpetually bereft of a safety network. Perpetually bereft of stability.
Ever nostalgic for the chaos, the Jaywalker invariably gravitates back to their skewed definition of normalcy, regardless of any intervention. It’s a heartbreaking, yet all too familiar cycle.
Directed by Blau!, the accompanying video is set in the nocturnal world of a park by a bridge, portraying a man and woman engaged in aimless – and joyless – frolic. Sharing fleeting moments and cigarettes, they interact without genuinely connecting to each other or their surroundings, embodying the restless spirit of the Jaywalker. Their irreverent disregard for sane boundaries resonates with the omnipresent dangers lurking in the shadowed corners of the park, waiting to pounce.
This latest single, “Jaywalker,” indicates more tough talk looming over the horizon: “It’s an album that captures those still night moments that rest on the cusp of danger, the midnight missions when you partner up with a friend to roam the streets,” says Rae. “Flickering fluorescent lights at the gas stations, paraphernalia strewn about the car, moments moving slow and then suddenly changing pace… and the grime. This is where the Jaywalker thrives, in chaos, unpredictability, and in hiding.”
Listen below via Bandcamp:
Emerging in 2021, MØAA has taken center stage during tours across the United States, Europe, and the UK, enchanted crowds at the official SXSW 2022 showcase, and stood shoulder to shoulder with Yves Tumor and Film School.
The full album, “Jaywalker,” is poised for release in the fall of 2023, under the banner of WWNBB Records. Digital distribution is set to be handled by the acclaimed AWAL/Sony. Andrea Volpato has meticulously crafted the record’s production, recording, and mixing within the walls of Fox Studio in Seattle. Its final touch of perfection, the mastering, is the work of Giovanni Versari, notable for his collaborations with Muse, Verdena, and more.
MØAA will be on tour in the Lone Star State throughout July. Don’t miss them! Get tickets here.
- 7/8 – Austin, TX – Hotel Vegas
- 7/9 – Houston, TX – The Compound
- 7/10 – San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger
- 7/11 – Denton, TX – Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios