Joel Jerome Pens Existentially Deep New Single “We Made It Home”

Mexican-American songwriter, performer and producer, Joel Jerome announces his new album, Super Flower Blood Moon out May 13; his first full length on Dangerbird Records. Included on the album is his newest single “We Made It Home,” a soft acoustic existential musing that falls halfway between a doo-wop and a folk song.

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Taking a softer approach to his music, Jerome strips back the sound he is used to, trading in psychedelic layers of instrumentals for straight-to-the-heart guitar strings and earnestly searching vocals.

In the lyrics, Jerome expresses a desire to know more about the meaning of our existence, but he quickly learns that questions about cosmic purpose have no definite answers. Acknowledging that there will never be enough time, and even the very planet we inhabit will also be destroyed, the song goes from dissatisfied roots to a flower blooming beautifully in the sunlight. Taking residency in the fact that no one gets out alive, a calming effect takes place and the song comes full circle, just like the cycles of nature.

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With a simplistic music video, Jerome captures the isolation one feels when thinking about death. Highlighting the lyrics of the song, it shows a man sitting in his car and listening to the track on the radio. Not much happens, but when he turns the dial, radio static precedes the opening strums. The unassuming nature of tuning in to find the right frequency makes “We Made It Home” all the more meditative.

Having worked with the likes of LA Witch, La Sera and Cherry Glazerr at his own Psychedelic Thriftstore recording studio, Jerome’s new album is a shift to a simpler musical venture. Writing a song a night for about two weeks straight, Jerome used his phone’s voice recorder and a basic four-track app to construct the bones of his new album and then worked with producer Rob Schnapf (Beck, Elliott Smith) to polish them off.

Super Flower Blood Moon merges classic and modern folk influences (Beach Boys to Fleet Foxes) with the Latin music of his parents’ generation (Juan Gabriel, Roberto Carlos).

Words: Patti Sanchez

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