Friday, April 21, 2017
Jet Rodriguez Premiers "Forever Is A Long Time"
Last month, Detroit-based singer/songwriter Cameron Navetta premiered a new single on Ghettoblaster called "Self-Preservation."
Today, his musical brainchild, Jet Rodriguez, is premiering a new song: the b-side to "Self-Preservation" is called "Forever Is A Long Time," right here on Deep Cutz!
Navetta has been busy since the new year, having filmed a preview of "Self Preservation" with indie-music promotion platform Fanic Music, and then got a featured spot on Americana music podcast, the Miller Tells Her Tale.
I first encountered Jet Rodriguez six years ago, almost to the day..., Navetta has been pretty much a lifelong songwriter who dove right in to the local music scene at a very early age, fronting this indie-rock project that blended cinematic/surfy sounds with pop and Americana.
Over the last couple years, however, it's evolved into a pop-inclined patchwork of tender tones, folk-rock flavors and breezy earworm melodies. Navetta's taken on the role of Americana-troubadour here, with these two recent singles, tumbling out contemplative poetics with that soft mid-high range that blends a croon to a cautious whisper.
Both this single, and the previous "Self-Preservation" were recorded entirely by Navetta in his home studio - and that labor-of-love energy is palpable, when you listen back. Something hard to place is giving this recording a bit of radiance - the kind of subdued glow growing over a spring morning's horizon. This track, premiering today, includes one other contributor, however--with Scott Demers providing upright bass.
As he's developed, Navetta has attained a greater appreciation (and sensibility) for minimal arrangements; everything from the acoustic guitar, to that bass, to the sparse pianos, is falling into place just when it should... The song strolls, or almost slow-dances, rather than gallops - this adds an essential litheness that gives Navetta's aesthetic that bit of pre-summery mellow/spry-ness.
"Forever Is A Long Time," like any great song, spurs one to be deliberate in considering the direction life's taking you...Even if Navetta is still a young songwriter, he's still wary enough to wonder quite a while ahead of himself, in years, at where life may take him... And that's when he starts writing these lyrics, like the ones streaming above^
Because Forever is a long time, man...!! No one can predict what's ahead. The endearment of Navetta's latest single, is that it's coming from a heartfelt place, where he's saying, whatever happens, ...he's going to try his absolute best.
Follow Jet Rodriguez this summer, as I'm sure more new music will be on the way.
Posted by jeff milo at 4:38 AM