This Brothertiger article was written by Jake Willis, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Ben Kendall.
‘Out of Touch’ is the follow up album to 2013’s ‘Future Splendors’, and is the third album by Brooklyn-based singer and producer, John Jagos. The album is a soothing throwback to 80’s melancholy, and is full of ethereal tones designed to throw anyone into a dizzying euphoria.
Jagos has stayed true to the style produced in his first two albums, and upon listening to ‘Out of Touch’ for the first time around; it is hard to be altogether overwhelmed by what is given. Nothing immediately proclaims originality, and it becomes easy to simply let the album float into the background. That being said, the overall quality of each song is flawless. Jagos has created 10 euphoric slices that drift in and out of each other, with dreamy harmonics that glide effortlessly above soft-pop instrumentals.
There is very little that can be disliked about ‘Out of Touch’; it is packed full of pleasantries that, for the most part, go unnoticed, the percussion (played by Nick Pope), heard throughout is a work of art and, above all, Jargos stays true to his style. This is an artist who knows what sound he wishes to create, and does so with ease. Taken out of context, ‘Out of Touch’ sounds like it could be a soundtrack for a coming-of-age romantic comedy set in suburban America.
‘Beyond The Infinite’, the album’s opener, sets the expected bar for which the album should be considered. It is driven by a powerful electro-beat, and is full of dark synthesisers, which combined, make a moody and emotive style of song writing that is also highly uplifting in nature.
Songs such as ‘Engulfed’ and ‘High Tide’ present a striking difference to their fellow tracks, and each creates a different mood entirely. Whereas ‘Engulfed’ is a powerful and more poppy number, ‘High Tide’ with its slow, wavy bass lines and gliding harmonies is deeply moving, and displays Jagos’ technical ability with great finesse.
Above all, ‘Out of Touch’ lacks anticipation and drive, but this is something that was never meant to be achieved. Songs merge effortlessly into each other, and whilst it becomes challenging to differentiate between one song and the next, the album needs to be considered as a complete story, rather than a typical song-by-song.
The album requires patience: it is altogether sombre in mood, but with interjects that are entirely upbeat, and upon the first listen, it can be hard to harbour anything other than acceptance. However with further listening it is an extremely rich album, carefully composed that has the ability to be entirely captivating.