New Music Heaven : Jagwar Twin

September 30, 2018

There are two sides to every story that ebb and flow on a continuum moving ever closer to equilibrium. Light changes to dark, failure into success … we are at war with the world; we are at war with ourselves. It is in the ever-present pull between opposite ends of the spectrum that art and creativity flourish. In letting go, we often find ourselves; this is Jagwar Twin.

Drawn magnetically to a shared human spirit, Jagwar Twin melds a worldly-ensemble of alternative sounds on the debut album Subject to Flooding. Roy English, the driving force behind Jagwar Twin, emerges as a spiritual monk warrior with a powerful voice and prophet-like poetry paired against a landscape of 60’s style guitars, gritty hip-hop break beats, and flipped MPC samples reminiscent of Dark Fantasy-era Kanye West. The album will have you seeing the world through a new lens while feeling the beginning of a new alternative movement.

"Everything around us is filled with duality and choice” says English. "Just as one can be flooded with love and emotion, flooding can also bring destruction.” The search for balance and self-discovery is what powers Jagwar Twin. As a self-taught singer in high school, bullying was a common occurrence. Roy’s vocal tone was often the center of jokes, with blogs devoted to how “bad” it was, but early on he realized that he could channel that negative energy into art and dove deeper into self-exploration through songwriting and production.

The first single from Subject to Flooding and this week's New Music Heaven track is “Loser,” a song about breaking down the walls that separate us. “We all walk around with masks on, disguised as what we think the world wants to see” Roy said. “But if everyone was to remove their masks they would come to find that we are all just human underneath; that we are all losers.” By the time the first chorus ends, you’ll be singing along with a gleefully off-key children’s choir “Baby, I’m a loser just like you!”