Meet Jareth, a must-listen for fans of Jorja Smith and SZA
The London-based musician is one of many soulful R&B acts commanding our attention right now.
With the rise of artists such as SZA, Jorja Smith, Kali Uchis and H.E.R. (among many, many others) over the last few years, it seems that the soulful R&B movement has found an excellent place in the commercial world. Each of these acts are celebrated both commercially and critically, with many of their releases - like SZA's long-awaited, long-delayed debut album Ctrl - making their mark on the modern R&B world as an instant classic. Jareth is a London-based musician holding a similar promise with her new single Caution Me, a single that hopes to be a highlight on her forthcoming debut EP Moonchild - out August 3rd. It's a beautifully stripped-back piece shining with Jareth's vocal brilliance, her oozing, soulful voice shining above the restrained production that lets her vocal really amplify out and shine. Check out the single below, and while you're being swept up by her brilliance, get to know Jareth a lil' better before she takes over the world very, very soon.
Tell us about yourself?
I’m an artist who stupidly suffers for her art very properly. The stories I create affect my emotional body. I feel the words I sing like a form of psychological, emotional recall. Bearing one's soul in the light is not easy but nor is being human, luckily I am fully trained.
I often write about love as it's the main driving force and narrative in my life. There isn’t much magic floating about on this planet however music helps preserve what is left. With the emotions music inspires in audiences, we could change this world.
What’s the vibe music-wise?
It’s soul music essentially. I don’t get too caught up in labels. I just know it is music of the soul designed to reach other souls.
What are your production and writing processes like?
For me, it’s like finding a friend in a noisy club. You're lost in darkness in a slight state of anxiety. That is what it’s like when you're trying to find a groove inspired by the music the producer creates. Once you get a groove, you can apply the story (lyrics). It's then that the reunion is complete. You find your friend and share stories.
Can you tell us about your new single, Caution Me?
Caution Me is about falling in love. I am a romantic fool who constantly gets it wrong in that department of life. I’m so blind. However, in my dreams, I can see really well and I always see me winning. That is what Caution Me is about, Jareth finally winning at love.
Any shows coming up?
I can do a show but that’s really up to the audience. I am just putting things out there, and I don’t want to force myself on people. Let’s see how they respond to the online campaign. If they want me I’ll turn up with an experience to be had. However, I really need an invitation. To me, time is the new oxygen and I don’t want to be breathless for nothing.
What’s the rest of the year have in store for you?
Creating art and loving the life I have with all my delightful darlings in it. I live a simple make-believe fabulous life.
Where can we find more of your music?
The Internet is so good, you can find me on all the major digital platforms, just causally being Jareth.
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