Indie garage rock duo Jitensha is made up of husband and wife/ multi-instrumentalists Erin Rose Hubbard and David Martinez. The two have released their newest track, “Sojourn”, a jumpy and bright tune featuring halcyon guitar riffs, groovy bass, sultry synths, steady drumbeats, and atmospheric harmony vocals.
The track is existential in nature, asking the big questions such as ‘Why am I here’? or ‘Why is this happening to the world’? They’re questions everyone has at least thought about, especially during the uncertainty of pandemic times that has left many with feelings of lethargy, sorrow, and listlessness.
The accompanying music video also loves to play with contrast, shadows, and colour, honing in on the juxtaposition between the cheery instrumentals and thought-provoking lyrics.
“This single is the beginning of a new sound for Jitensha. We are delving further into the contemplative, and into the misty space between optimism and realism, where things are often darker but can be clearer.”
Near the end of the video, both Erin and David don new vibrant clothing, compared to the start when they wear full white. This is, of course, open to interpretation, but this wardrobe change could be said to signal the realization that everything is in fact going to be OK.
“Friends of ours, a newly wedded couple, died in a motorcycle accident. They had been so young and so in love, full of smiles, laughter and gumption. They both lived life to the fullest and we thought, the best way to honour and remember them is to try and do the same,” Jitensha says.
Jitensha plans on releasing more singles throughout 2021 and is hoping to release a more rock/funk LP down the road.
Check out the video below, and stay up to date with Jitensha via their socials.
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