Album Review+Interview: J:Dead - A Complicated Genocide

Updated: Apr 10


Perhaps one of the most interestingly diverse albums I have listened to recently. The main thing that stands out from the rest is a blending of modern vocals over retro sound, and then retro vocals over modern sound in several places. It is a fresh and energising listen. Many highs and few lows, like a damn good night out - wrapped up in an album.

A Complicated Genocide, the first album from J:dead (Jay Taylor)is an exploration through modern Synth/Electro-Pop with influences taken from the 80's to the here and now. Expect a combination of emotion led vocals, dark synth vibes and stand-out melodies to keep you moving. The album tells the tale of our own struggles of becoming who we wish to be, and the challenges we face along the way.

After the success of the first single 'Feeding on me' with an outstanding video, we are happy to provide you to an 11 original track album with a further 4 bonus tracks on the physical release from the likes of: Grendel, Tactical Sekt, ES23 and Auger.


A Complicated Genocide releases 29th Jan 2021 via Infacted Recordings

Interview


Q. A controversial title for the album, what's the theme behind it and the album in its entirety?


I never thought of the album title as controversial, more so a visual depiction on something which is intangible to the eyes of others. What I mean by that, the title track, and the album title; is that you never truly know what is going on in someone’s head.

The album and this period of writing the album for me has been a real discovery. Musically as well as personally. The theme behind the majority of the tracks on the album is about how we deal with our own challenges and the emotions that surround them. I feel like I have worked on parts of myself recently that I was never even aware of before, and what is complicated about that is eradicating patterns that you don’t like. That’s not a slant at myself but more of a self-awareness reaction.

I found this theme, even though my exact situations and realisations will be different to others, quite inclusive. We all have challenges, we all have to get over them, and we all have to deal with our emotions (positively or negatively) as a counter to this.

Q. It’s a nice mixing of style throughout this album, what sub-genre would you categorise yourself as and why?


Ahhhh I always struggle with this question, mainly because I don’t want to sound like the polar stereotype of..

“Its this” or “I don’t fit into one”.

My music taste is vast and it all has an influence in my music. Synthpop, metal, industrial, dance, techno, prog; blab la bla. In a world of social media promotion I have had to settle on the closest match which I think is Synthpop, as a lot of the core elements of the album is 80’s inspired. However for those who will listen to the album I hope they can enjoy something which isn’t just the box I’m being pushed to slot it into.


Q. Which track are you most proud of and which has the most personal meaning to you?


There are clearly some 'stand-out' tracks on the album of which I am proud of as I think they will really catch the ear of what I expect a J:dead fan to like, but as this is my first album release – I am more proud of the fact that I actually got there in the end. All of the songs have elements of personal factors, and some of them are literal personal situations. However I am a big believer in the fact that people connect to songs in the way that it reaches out to them. So my literal situations, even though they have provide context to the tracks, shouldn’t mean that people should listen to them with my situation at heart. But, to give one example – 'A thousand adventures' is a song about my children and my realisations as a father.


Q. We have had two music videos already for this album, is a third on the way? Also can you tell us a bit more detail of the story the viewer is seeing in the video for Haunt and Feeding on me?