Premiere: Jaz Clemente – “Skylights”


We’re excited to premiere “Skylights,” a striking track from rising Oakland-based artist Jaz Clemente. Stabs of synths and guitars start it off alongside Jaz’s suave vocals, evoking swanky ’70s synth-funk with yearning R&B vibes and a touch of disco. The “sunrise” hook is tranquilly infectious, reminding me of some Super Furry Animals material. Lyrically, per Jaz, the track shows “an activist’s response to our current dark times, a promise to staying close to what’s real, a reminder that ‘hope’s on our side,’ and an unapologetic statement that ‘it’s love’s time to shine.'”

According to Jaz, the track “acknowledges the difficulties with staying true to honesty and goodness, especially in the middle of chaos. It calls to push through the hard times and to focus only on what is real and to not accept alternatives to that. The end is an explicit chant of our same-ness and an invitation to lead from a place of love.”

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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