FINDS COMFORT IN THE UNKNOWN WITH LUSH, ETHEREAL RELEASE “IN BETWEEN (REPRISE)”
DEBUTED ON ATWOOD MAGAZINE
Photo credit: Nicole Mason @neekmason
“A tender and ethereal surrender, Junaco’s dreamy song ‘In Between (Reprise)’ is an intimate escape and an ambient indulgence.” – Atwood Magazine
“Deep, organic storytelling and atmospheric soundscapes” – Culture Collide
“achingly gorgeous vocals, which seem to float over the song’s twangy arrangement — and much like its predecessor, and expansive song structure. And at its core, is a bitter heartache that sounds lived-in and familiar” – Joy of Violent Movement
“Evokes the sense of feeling lost, not with defeat but with a calm resignation” – Girl Underground Music
“Stunningly melancholy” – Earmilk
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OCTOBER 28, 2020 (SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA) — Junaco have created a name for themselves from their slow-burning, mesmerizing melodies full of soft guitar beside melancholy harmonies. Their newest single, “In Between (Reprise)” is a reworking of their successful 2019 song, “In Between” with a softer and more ethereal sound describing the confusing feeling of change. The song is a collaboration with James McAlister, well-known for his work with Sufjan Stevens. The band feels the song has come full circle from its original intent, now more than ever in these unprecedented times.
“In Between (Reprise)” was written in a moment when Junaco’s Shahana Jaffer and Joey LaRosa felt themselves losing the sense of direction of their lives. The duo say “In Between was one of the first songs we ever wrote, at a time when we both felt a lack of control in our own lives – unsure of how to get to where we wanted to be. Leaving town and writing felt like a step towards something – even though we didn’t know what that was. We didn’t intend to write stories, we just wanted to describe a feeling.”
“There’s something about accepting the unknown that’s very comforting, almost feeling like a surrender. Each time we’ve played the song live, I’ve always felt a relief from just saying ‘i don’t know.’ Now, we’re experiencing a collective feeling of uncertainty – no matter who you are and what you believe. The reprise is a reminder.”
Junaco is a musical project and conceptual idea born from an instinctive escape from musical conventions, deep within an unincorporated mountain town on the outskirts of coastal NorCal. The term ‘Junaco’ means rolling with the pace of life and enjoying the present; living and working with intention, not just running, which is what they seem to be doing with “In Between (Reprise).” With lyrics “I know this is the way I have to go, but I don’t know, I’ll be back and I will be what I show, when I go home,” Junaco expresses the conflicting feelings of change and progress through soft and lush vocals.
With James McAlister as a collaborator, the expression of emotions in the song began to adapt and change: “Working with James McAlister in revisiting the song has given it a new color; he solidified our intention of creating a mood with our music.”
Listeners can stay connected with Junaco by following them on Instagram and Facebook @junacomusic, and @junacoband on Twitter. For more info visit junacomusic.com.
About Side Hustle Records:
Founded in 2019, Side Hustle Records is a digital label comprised of the music industry veterans at Big Hassle Media. Not tied to any one genre or style, but rather to musical artistry in all its forms, everyone at Side Hustle has set their sights on advancing artists’ careers in any way they can. Side Hustle Records is distributed exclusively by The Orchard. Look out for more exciting releases from Side Hustle in the coming months.