We hate doing comparisons on this blog but when we receive an email from an artist who feels their brand is “Troye meets Maggie meets K-Pop girl group,” we’re going to take a look.
Glad we did.
After a year of being the self-proclaimed ‘coffee b*tch’ for musicians at songwriting camps in Melbourne and dropping music that was lowkey, somewhat acoustic and true to his roots, JËVA is now ready for chapter two – a bombastic and confidently developed revelation of growing into his sexuality and his identity as a queer person of colour.
Typhoon is the single we’re premiering today – a glittery, chaotic and theatrically told story of falling in love with a friend… albeit accidentally.
“Typhoons are natural disasters, they don’t have an agenda. They just go where they go and destroy whatever’s in their path. That’s how I felt about suddenly falling for my friend of 5 years. He was definitely not trying to woo me but somehow.. one random day something just changed.. And I was fucked.”
JËVA wrote and did the initial production structure on Typhoon in his bedroom, before sending the final touches to be done by a pal in Hungary. This partnership’s going to continue to grow throughout 2020, with a six-track mini album he’ll dripfeed as the year progresses, which JËVA says is “a chronological documentation of the falling out with a friend, with unrequited heartbreak & coming out of the closet as bonus highlights”.
It’s a bit cheeky, it’s got tonnes of personality and it’s a damn fun, fabulous pop experience. Get amongst it.
Typhoon is out Friday April 10 everywhere, you can pre-save it here.
Pic at the top: Ash Lim