Review Fix chats with singer/songwriter Jason Shand, who discusses his new album â€œThe Petty Narcissist and so much more.
Review Fix: How did this new project come together?
Jason Shand: It just manifested itself organically. I was gigging and writing whenever inspired. After Because of Zeeva was finished, I remember worrying that I wouldnâ€™t be able to write another whole album. But everything just took care of itself. It turns out I had a lot to write about these past few years. And I had some in the vault that needed attention as well.
But as this developed, it turned into me pursuing the fantasy of every song on the album being a single. My goal with this 14 song collection became making a substantive personal pop album that not only catered to this new single driven era, but also catered to the old school of having a full length album where each song flows into the other, taking the listener on a sonic story telling ride. As there are no fillers on this album with EVERY song being a potential single, Iâ€™d like to think I succeeded.
Review Fix: How is it different from your previous work?
Shand: Maturation on all fronts from songwriting to singing. And more of a sense of what I wanted sonically, production wise, and even down to the way this record was mastered.
Review Fix: What’s the standout song on this album? How did it come to be?
Shand: Hard question to answer as not one song on the album is fillerâ€¦ but Iâ€™d probably say the title track – â€˜The Petty Narcissist (Arctic Ocean)â€™ – may be my favorite. Itâ€™s very dramatic, very emotional- it came from a place of heartache, pain, and anger. A lot of emotional complexity masquerading as a very catchy pop song. It is probably my most deeply personal song on the album. I guess the happy ending to the story is that the subject of the song and I – we mended our relationship a few years after the song was composed. Right now, all it is to me is a great song. The heartache and pain associated with writing the song is thankfully gone.â€
Review Fix: What’s the song you think some people may not get the first time around, but is special to you?
Shand: Iâ€™d say the track â€˜What I Wantâ€™. People will mistake it for a love song, but in reality itâ€™s a twisted love song about a stalker I had in my life and the song is sung from their warped perspective. Like the title track â€˜The Petty Narcissist (Arctic Ocean)â€™, it masquerades as a catchy pop song. Iâ€˜d say the arrangement of the song is the give away to the psychosis of the stalker. Tie the arrangement together with the lyrics and itâ€™s more obvious. I went thru a lot because of this sick individual. So the song is special to me in that writing it was cathartic.
Another song that may be in that category is â€˜Say You Love Me (Please Stay)â€™. That song is about an individual that gave me mixed signals. It was so frustrating. It thankfully didnâ€™t work out with that person romantically as Iâ€™m happily married now. I probably dodged a bullet.
Review Fix: There’s a beauty through simplicity in your lyrics that I adore. How did this happen?
And I am standing here
Because I know
That we were meant to be
Whoa hey hey
Shand: Awwwâ€¦ thank you! I guess itâ€™s a style that I developed over time. Unconsciously I guess – itâ€™s not something I do pre-meditatively. But I am aware of that stylistic simplicity you pointed out.
Review Fix: What are your goals for 2022?
Shand: To get this album out to as many people as possible and see what happens. A Grammy would be nice. :-)
Review Fix: What else is on the horizon?
Shand: Hopefully a tour of some kind. Just need Covid to get out of the way!
Review Fix: Where can people find out more?
Shand: Follow me on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook – â€˜jasonshandmusicâ€™ is the handle for all of them. Also www.jasonshand.com .