Alex Su’s love games crash and burn in his new single Jenga — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
Conjuring some early Weeknd vibes, New Jersey’s Su takes audiences on a honeyed journey through the shaky ups and downs of building a relationship only to see it crash and burn. “I love the game of Jenga and, one night, I found similarities between the game and toxic relationships,” the Chinese-American performer shares. “You keep pulling and hurting each other until the whole thing crumbles down.”
The achy single reminds listeners that love, too, can be an unpleasant yet invigorating game of building and breaking, all its own. On Jenga, Su provides an aesthetic that, over the course of the perfectly planned pop tune, makes the listener feel the bobbing, up and down sensation we sometimes find in many early relationships. “Stop the rollercoaster escalator, I’m too scared of riding off into a life without you,” Su groans, before the pieces fall.
Fittingly, Su infused a subtle, yet dreamy reversed sound of an actual Jenga tower falling into the song’s intro, while the video showcases both stacked and individual wooden blocks engulfed in flames. Of course, even Su admits that ultimately it’s a game that “nobody really wins.”