Rich Jacques - Joy Follows Like a Shadow That Never Leaves
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posted 28 Sep 2020 by Krister Axel
Mixes the electronic wizardry of SYML with the gritty folk presence of Elliott Smith.

Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Rich Jacques releases hypnotic and enigmatic new single "Joy Follows Like a Shadow That Never Leaves," which is the title track to his new album. This indie gem mixes trance-inspired elements of electronic pop with a meditative lyrical aesthetic, adding glitchy vocals and spatial dynamics to a deeply-satisfying chorus that is layered with Jose Gonzales-esque guitars and pulsing beats.

From previous releases under his name and his band project Right The Stars, Jacques' songs have been heard in major commercials such as Honda and XBOX, and in TV shows and major motion pictures like Grey’s Anatomy and The Breakup. An enchanting melody mixes the electronic wizardry of SYML with the gritty folk presence of Elliott Smith. Jacques presents soothing vocals, a fluid gravitas, and an inspired moment of clarity, as "Joy Follows Like a Shadow That Never Leaves" strikes an elegant balance between electronic music and indie pop. Rich Jacques is someone to keep an eye on, as he continues to evolve a complicated sensibility and fresh aesthetic with each new project he takes on as producer and songwriter. A truly stunning animated music video makes the perfect connection between sound and color with an innovative and eye-catching use of video fragments, assembled together in a moving tapestry of counterpoint between light and dark.

This song is featured on our Rainy Day playlist.

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Krister Bjornson Axel

Ashland, Oregon

Paris, France. Madison, Wisconsin. Los Angeles. Ashland, Oregon. Ottawa. I write music, I write about music, and I write code. See also: photography, prose, podcasting. I have 1 gorgeous wife, 2 amazing kids, and many interests.


Recent Awards: 2020 ND (Photo) Honorable Mention, 2020 Accenti Writing Contest Finalist


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