Crosshairs is the debut single from NYC based prog-soul producer Jae Luna. It’s a serious cut, all the best bits of Mura Masa, Tom Misch and Chet Faker. Swirling synths and soulful vocals meet bare beats; it’s flecked with jazz guitar and piano fills – the real deal.
Hey, tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m JAE LUNA and I’m currently based in NYC. I was classically trained but took an interest folk, lo-fi, and punk when I was in high school. In college, I started to move towards electronic and soul/r&b music. After a couple of years of sole electronic production, I wanted to start incorporating elements from the genres I grew up with. Ever since then, I’ve been trying to find a blend between the new and old influences in my life to create something honest.
How did the new single come about?
I originally wrote the idea of “Crosshairs” when I was drunk.
It’s almost 4 A.M. and I’m stumbling into my bedroom. I grab my acoustic guitar and sit down, trying to figure out what I can finger through and play in my half conscious daze. I hit record on my Zoom and play and sing out the first things that come to mind. Several days later, I find the recording while sifting through my memory card. Listening back to the recording, I realized that the song was an honest portrayal of the feelings of self doubt and regret — the thoughts that keep you up at night.
After that came a long process of finding the right parts to fit in between the original melody. I experimented a lot with different synths and debated heavily on how I should go about alternating the acoustic/lo-fi sections with the over produced electronic sections. But even after two months of constant rearrangements, I kept the original drunk demo recording as the Outro of the song.
Is there more content in the pipeline
Definitely. I’ve been working on an EP that is on track to be released in the Summer.
What’s on the horizon for you?
Continuing working on the EP, a lot of collaborations in between, and whatever else I can manage on the way.