Ohio-born, Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, electronic music producer and electronic music artist John Jagos, best known as the creative mastermind behind the acclaimed electro pop recording project and JOVM mainstay act Brothertiger. Since starting the project while studying at Ohio State University, Jagos has released a handful of critically applauded EPs including Vision Tunnels, Out of Touch and 2019’s A Chain of Islands and four albums 2012’s Golden Years, 2013’s Future Splendor, 2015’s Out of Touch and last year’s Paradise Lost.
Paradise Lost was Jagos’ first full-length album of original material in five years. “This record was, for me, the culmination of a lot of time and development,” the JOVM mainstay said in press notes. “Since my last album was released 5 years ago, I had been building on top of that sound, trying to make it even more dynamic and distinct. This record is also my most personal, and I think that shows not only in the subject matter, but in the choice of sounds as well. I find that in electronic music, you can capture an emotion honestly with synthesized sound, not just with lyrics.”
Sonically, Paradise Lost found Jagos expanding upon the sound that has won him critical applause with the album featuring material that ranged from hook-driven indie pop to club-friendly electronica centered around the Ohio-born, Brooklyn-based JOVM mainstay’s plaintive falsetto vocals singing lyrics that thematically touch upon aging gracefully, longing for purpose and celebrating life’s simple pleasures. Following up a busy 2020, Jagos begins this year with a gorgeous standalone single “Dancer on the Water.” Centered around shimmering synth arpeggios, thumping beats, Jagos falsetto, brief bursts of mellotron, and a soaring hook “Dancer on the Water” may arguably be one of the JOVM mainstays most cinematic and layered songs of his expanding catalog.While reportedly influenced by Scritti Politti, Prefab Sprout and The Blue Nile, the track thematically is a mix of Jagos long-held obsession with all things surfing — with an aching nostalgia for a beautiful moment that you can’t quite get back.
Edited by Brothertiger and Evan Taylor, the recently released video features footage from Michael Hohensee’s Quicksilver Presents Mad Wax: The Surf Movie, which follows surfers hitting waves in Hawaii, Australia, Tahiti and France superimposed upon itself and at times in super slo-mo, adding to the song’s overall nostalgia.
Of course, along with the video, the JOVM mainstay announced an upcoming livestream performance from Bushwick Brooklyn’s The Sultan Room on April 28, 2021. Recorded on multiple cameras from The Sultan Room’s stage and light array, the set will feature material from last year’s Paradise Lost, old fan favorites and new, never-before-performed material. And after the show there will be a live Q&A with Jagos. Tickets start at $15 (including the prerequisite service fees and taxes) and are available for pre-order here: https://outermost.stream/collections/brothertiger?mc_cid=2df0a16ddd&mc_eid=UNIQID