Canadian artist JSJ (Joshua Säde James) has unveiled his new single, “Gone”.
Oozing with R&B finesse, the insta-classic is an ode to the ex-lover caught in a tryst, causing lunacy for whoever is left behind in their trap.
“This song is my ‘Cruella has entered the chat’ moment,” JSJ reveals. “It’s the Gemini’s lament to love.
“‘Gone’ is a sonic roller coaster that hurls you up and down as love battles hatred.”
“When I was writing this song, specifically the bridge, I remember thinking how hard and sassy the rest of the song was,” he recalls. “I turned to producer Anthony Wright and said, ‘I need an Adele bridge. I gotta show range in more than just my voice. I think I need a piano breakdown.’
“Almost instantly I had the melody in my head and, less than five seconds after humming it, Anthony pulled out this beautiful piano part that just fit. Next thing you know, I’m singing a nodes-y low Eb feeling like Beyoncé, telling people I’m putting my ‘freakum vest’ on.
“This song was one of the most cathartic and empowering pieces I’ve recorded to date. Never have I ever felt like more of a bad b****.”
One spin and you’ll feel it too; “Gone” radiates confidence and shocking insight to the other side of the breakup coin.
Arriving complete with an equally stunning visual component, the track evens the score between partners in a relationship gone sour, with JSJ and his powerhouse vocals at the helm of the sinking ship. While his ex-lover may have steered the vessel to the storm, JSJ stole the stern to consume the madness, rather than evade it. It’s his CeeLo Green moment. His Lily Allen middle finger. “Gone” is a call and answer to the heartbreaking in two separately sized pieces.
“It sat on my laptop as this minute demo for almost a year before I brought it to Anthony,” JSJ says. “He took my little dinky basement demo and made it a fierce f u track that made me believe in myself again.
“It allowed me to embrace and truly experience my darkness in a different way,” he continues. “This time, when it consumed me, I controlled it for once.”
Watch the performance video of “Gone” below, and stay up to date with JSJ via his socials.
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