His new album, A Bird in the Opera House, released last Tuesday, features the JOTD, “Sleep Child.” On the song, Jaina weaves dense, yet incredibly poetic lyrics into the foundational threads of a rapid, almost tribal, guitar beat and intricate percussion. Known for his high-concept albums, this apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
Despite any trouble navigating the murkiness of his songwriting, I have to say “Sleep Child” is chock full of lyrical pairs that resonate deeply with me. My favorite: “I am incarcerated/ I am in love with the shape of your eyes.” I’m thankful for the reminder that there are songwriters out there capable of successfully finding new ways to describe love.
Basic needs met or not, Jaina knows how to capture heightened emotions in a truly unique way.