JAWS' New Track Recreates the Dopamine Rush of Online Notifications

The track is off his forthcoming LP on Milan imprint Hundebiss.

Sep 14 2016, 2:50pm

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Los Angeles musician JAWS has his third full-length album Object Dom forthcoming on Milan experimental imprint Hundebiss, and ahead of its imminent release, we're delighted to premiere LP cut "The Stream." On a formal level, the track is a broken rave song, littered with open seams and loose ends tangled amongst themselves in DIY fashion. Within that framework, it seems to intentionally mix up positive and negative feelings through its instrumentation: familiar synth pulls and screeches characteristic of unbridled delight on the dancefloor are coated in a certain kind of messy rumble evocative of the feeling of wanting to throw up.

Interestingly, JAWS told THUMP via email that the track is thematically engaged with the politics of online notifications. "'The Stream' considers the conscious practice of social media sharing and repositions the power dynamics as a one sided command to attention and invariably, subservience," he said. "The song takes tropes of Dutch rave, breakbeats, and hoover patches, squeezing them into a maximal pop-song format of call and response, attempting to sonically recreate the dopamine rush of online notifications."

Object Dom will be released both digitally and physically, but the exact date is TBD.

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