Under the name jxst j, indie pop producer-singer James Pratley Watson takes inspiration from dreampop, acoustic, and trip hop to create colorful and trippy songs all within his Brooklyn apartment. Today, he shares his newest dreamy track “Pets.”
Sensory and spiraling, the track carries a spaced-out, tranquil mix of keys and synths. His vocals, already soft, sound a bit hazy, adding to the mix. It all feels amazing when in the chorus, the beat drops into what feels like a cozy, cushioned cloud.
Jxst J tells where he found inspiration and the themes of dreams and reality, saying, “I made the music first and it had this very dark, mysterious, opulent vibe, like it would be played at a party in The Great Gatsby. […] The most important line in the song for me is “Don’t wake me up from my regrets, ‘cause part of me treats them like pets.” It’s this feeling of being hopelessly trapped by your own vices, so much that you can’t imagine a life without them.”
jxst j will release his debut album soon in the fall, but will be releasing other singles with accompanying music videos in the meantime.