Jen Janet cannot be conquered. She has achieved success in multiple creative outlets, including fashion, modeling, and photography. Her musical endeavors consist of the 2017 release of a pop-oriented EP “Dangerous” as a solo artist, and the roles as frontwoman and lyricist for progressive rock band Mimesis and gothic metal act Novarium. Now she is back with new solo material that embraces a darker direction.
“I Don’t Belong” heavily correlates with the single “Possession” as it feels like an epilogue track, picking up the pieces and extending the narrative. This marks a contemplative single with an orchestration that molds perfectly with Janet’s empowered vocals. Sonically, it is similar in nature to “Possession” with electronic elements and a cinematic ambience. The track is reminiscent of artists like Lacuna Coil and Chelsea Wolfe. This composition exhibits powerful drums, an ethereal melody, and a dominating vocal delivery. Janet exposes her vulnerability as she fights an internal battle and struggles to hold steadfast: “I’m so empty, heavy. The light behind my eyes is fading with time / I don’t belong, I won’t be long”. The highlight of the song occurs at the bridge, where the instrumentals are stripped back, isolating Janet’s vocals with supporting background harmonies. The piece then continues to escalate until fading out. This strategy ties everything together and effectively concludes the track on a strong note.
“I Don’t Belong” is a penetrating labyrinth, prominently fueled by emotive lyrics and an emotionally charged vocal performance. Janet brilliantly shines in her work as it showcases her evolution and solidifies her presence as a solo rock artist.
“I Don’t Belong” was released today July 31, 2020.
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Review by: Bri Rodriguez