Jason Shand tackles the personal struggle of seeing the darker side of someone you love on The Petty Narcissist (Arctic Ocean). The title track of Shand’s second full length album delves into the emotions of knowing when a relationship is no longer good for either party. Shand explores these heavy personal topics with edgy melodies that support clever lyrics and Shand’s rich voice. The Petty Narcissist (Arctic Ocean) stays cool.
Shand wrote, composed, and produced all of the music on The Petty Narcissist (Arctic Ocean), set to release January 21, 2022. Shand has the unique ability to make a catchy song that tells a story. With heavy themes of soul searching throughout The Petty Narcissist (Arctic Ocean), Shand seems to transform over the course of the song. This track rises and falls from heavenly bridges back to moody choruses, creating a feeling of going on a quest with Shand. Almost as if he takes your hand with his voice and guides you through the rest of the track. It’s Shand’s inner journey personified, which makes The Petty Narcissist (Arctic Ocean) remarkably relatable.
The composition of The Petty Narcissist (Arctic Ocean) reminds me of U2, a musical influence of Shand’s. Shand shows a discipline with the production of this track. There are no disses in The Petty Narcissist (Arctic Ocean) or any lyrics that may alienate listeners. Instead, you hear meaningful and poetic lyrics that maintain a mystery that allows for fans to find their own meaning in Shand’s words. Shand also knows how to modulate his voice accordingly. He holds back, pushes it forward, lightens it up, exactly when the song needs it. Shand’s voice is front and center which makes this song all the more personal.
The Petty Narcissist (Arctic Ocean) is permeated by a clear artistic vision. Shand’s willingness to find the happy medium between painful experiences and artistic expression pays off. This is a strong track that shows off Shand’s skill as a musician and as an artist. There is an openness to The Petty Narcissist (Arctic Ocean) that I can only hope appears in the rest of the album. Although this is the darkest song on the album it doesn’t leave you devastated, an important quality for a pop song.
Shand explores interpersonal relationships and the trials and tribulations of soul searching on the rest of the album, which will support a track like The Petty Narcissist (Arctic Ocean). I suspect Shand will continue to deliver with lyrics that speaks to our souls and music that amplifies those sentiments. Shand has no intention of sugar coating the pain this relationship has caused him, in return he offers listener’s a song that doesn’t hold itself back. A song that speaks honestly on the difficulties of the human experience. The Petty Narcissist (Arctic Ocean) is going to be one of those albums you listen to from start to finish and emerge different. If the title track can take you on such an emotional journey, imagine what the album will do.
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