JEEN has dropped a new single titled “Chemical Emotion,” off her forthcoming album Tracer, available October 21, 2022. The song is “about letting yourself drift in the flow of everything and hanging on as hard as you can to what makes the shitty parts more tolerable…I was thinking of that Hunter S. Thompson quote, ‘buy the ticket, take the ride,’” JEEN explains.
JEEN continues, “It was written in April 2021, which was a rough part of last year for me. I needed to write something that reminded me to tread lightly, to forget about the heaviness of everything. Ian Blurton (who is also my co-producer) and Stephan Szczesniak are playing on this one as usual and we had Robin Hatch come in to play some keyboards too. We just wanted the song to float and not get too weighted down, so we kept production simple.”
JEEN has entered the 2020s with boots firmly planted in the current musical landscape. Her albums JEEN (2020), Dog Bite (2021) and Tracer (2022) could be a trilogy of sorts. A strong reflective collection and a call on song to navigate these last couple of years. With Tracer there is a more vulnerable and fragile quality to JEEN’s vocals: both warmer and less angular. Perhaps affected by past experience, perhaps intentional. Whichever way, one can’t argue how intimate of a space she creates on this album, vocally and sonically. Upon first listen one quickly realizes Tracer is an immersive experience. A challenge or even a dare, to sit with and allow oneself to be taken in and even more so taken over. Without sounding dated or cliche JEEN takes us down the rabbit hole of decades past yet this feels very present. The influences are here: grunge, punk, garage, shoegaze, prog and psych rock. Tracer exudes the warmth of something familiar without being or feeling nostalgic. Every great record shares what the artist loves and inspires them with the listener.
1. Chemical Emotion
2. On and On
4. Gone Too Far
5. Heaven x Headrush
6. Little Idea
7. Spinning Wheels (feat. Ian Blurton)
9. No Way Around
Jeen Tour Dates
Oct. 22 – Toronto, ON @ The Monarch w/ By Divine Right (JEEN’s set starts at 8:45pm ET)