Move over Sia. I’ve found someone else.
Her name is Jem.
No, no this Jem:
Spotify sent me to her by using my listening history.
Her music is eclectic so you can’t really place her into one genre.
She sings about my many interests:
DOWN TO EARTH
This song caught my attention. The rhythm is unique and enticing. The lyrics express a view of humanity from above (presumably from a visitor to Earth).
Now, I have no idea what this song is actually about. However, I like to imagine that this is humanity’s response to the alien visitor as expressed in Down to Earth. (Notice in the video she’s in outer space). Which is pretty cool.
Also, the song includes a sample of an adaptation of Bach’s Prelude in F minor which is so catchy.
I ALWAYS KNEW
Initially this song turned me off because I thought it was an egotistical IN-YOUR-FACE-SUCKAS! and I’M-BETTER-THAN-YOU attitude that is prevalent in pop music.
However, having listen to the song multiple times now I realize the song is more about SUCKING-IT-UP, overcoming your internal and external critics, and believing in yourself so that you can accomplish your dreams.
This is another song that I didn’t initially automatically love. Ah, yes, a trite expression of how YOU-CAN-DO-ANYTHING-YOU-SET-YOUR-MIND-TO. How unique. And obviously it is not true – You can’t do anything you dream up.
However, I find that this song actually inspirational. It’s about how believing in yourself and working hard can help you accomplish what you want in life.
I WANT YOU TO
Okay, I can not not dance to this song. It’s flirty and I love the latin beat.
COME ON CLOSER
Hmm…I wonder what she’s referring to here? HOT!
I like this because it’s not the typical objectification of women you hear in pop music. It feels very much like a genuine expression of female sexuality.
This reminds me of a music style from the past and it makes me feel nostalgic. What is it? Female groups from the 60s? I can’t quite place it.
This song feels so feminine and almost too innocent and naive. But I like it.
THE ADVENTURES OF CUPID AND PUCK
Most songs about unrequited love are either whiny or creepy (or both). Jem gives a heartfelt expression of the sadness and acceptance of the situation that is just perfect. It’s sweet.
I’m just discovering Jem’s music. Unlike Sia’s songs I don’t like all of Jem’s songs, however I actually understand Jem’s lyrics (because she enunciates) and it rather than emotionally stirring Jem’s music is calming.