London-based Jareth has unveiled her new single ‘Kaleidoscope’, the first cut to be lifted from her debut solo EP. Having lent her commanding vocals to collaborations with Rene LaVice, Bashy, Lioness and Ghetts, Jareth rapidly garnered support from BBC 1Xtra, BBC Radio 1 and KISS. ‘Kaleidoscope’ guides the listener through a stirring and colourful journey of self-awareness, showcasing Jareth’s talent as a master of her craft. Championed by will.i.am and having penned tracks for the likes of Cheryl and Chris Lake, the singer-songwriter is due to release her EP, ‘Moonchild’, later this year through new label Moonshot Music.
The opening moments of ‘Kaleidoscope’ are as stripped back as they come, with just a percussive heartbeat as Jareth’s ethereal vocal dances atop a downward spiralling piano loop. Surrounded by producer Charlie J Perry’s (Jorja Smith, Maverick Sabre, Samm Henshaw) dreamlike atmosphere, her words cut deep as she sings of ‘diving into the depths of one’s subconsciousness’ to confront your fears and learn to hypnotise yourself back to health. Music is a form of therapy for Jareth, and by channeling all of her negative thoughts into creativity she’s discovered a newfound clarity. Resulting in lyrical poetry that is undeniably relatable, there’s an infinite source of inspiration just waiting to surface.
Girl Gang Music was lucky enough to ask her a few questions. Below, you can see our Q&A in full:
1. Your team sent over your bio and it said: “Having lent her commanding vocals to collaborations with Rene LaVice, Bashy, Lioness and Ghetts, Jareth rapidly garnered support from BBC 1Xtra, BBC Radio 1 and KISS.” How would you say collaboration has affected your career?
To be honest I have no idea how it’s affected my career because I just don’t think about it. I’m married to the art and I am consumed by my artistry. It’s where I create and live. It’s probably really stupid of me but such is life, we are all dumb for something.
2. What does this song mean to you personally?
The song means to me many things for a number of reasons. More than anything it’s a release, a captured moment for me to reflect upon when I forget myself. A metaphorical check point for my travelling spirit.
3. What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?
A lot of people don’t know I was born a twin. Mareth was her name and she passed after our 1st birthday. It’s true you know, the bond of twins is strong even after death.
4. Do you think being a woman in the industry has affected your career? If so, how? If not, why?
I think being a Jareth has affected me more to be honest. There is a reason there aren’t many Jareths on the planet. It’s quite an extreme balancing act.
Jareth’s Girl Gang Music Picks
“Off the top of the dome I gotta say Purple Ferdinand, Martyna Baker, Fran Lobo”