Jack Xander’s music is strangely addictive. His ability to piece together mis-matched melodies make his songs incredibly intriguing and engaging throughout. New release Therapy Whistle is no different in that regard, however it seems that he has taken his songwriting up another notch.
What’s most impressive about Therapy Whistle, is that it sounds like it’s come from someone with real musical maturity, such as his influences Metronomy, Alex Cameron and even a tinge of Nick Cave, yet it was self-produced by the young artist. This DIY recording really retains the personality that went into the song.
The lyrics invite the listener in with oddly descriptive scenarios that build an immersive experience. This story retells a memory from Xander’s early school life, where he encountered many flamboyant characters in his high school jazz band. He recounts a field trip to Disneyland underscored by rising tensions and jealousy between himself and the central character, Johnny, a cocky bass-playing stoner with a love for Elvis.
The music video that accompanies this release was shot at Coney Island amusement park in New York during his first East Coast tour. Director Mario Dante wanted to capture the feeling of stale Americana that the song channels.
Jack elaborates on the release:
“Therapy Whistle is about growing up into the people you hate.”
Jack Xander is a self produced music and art maker, based out of Los Angeles. He uses his West Coast perspective to tell a unique yet relatable story. Jack Xander’s music is strangely addictive as he pieces together mis-matched sounds to make catchy songs. His quirky writing invites the listener in with oddly descriptive scenarios that build an immersive world. Focused on exciting, gimmick filled live performances, ornamented with heartfelt crooning and borderline dangerous mayhem, Jack Xander always has something surprising up his sleeve. Following his previous release, Doin Fine, which garnered the approval of Australian indie pop- veteran, Ben Lee, “Therapy Whistle” continues the tradition of sketchy short songs that pack more punch than they should be allowed.