Jack West laments the difficulties of long-distance love in his romantic new electro-pop single and animated lyric video Montreal — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
Sitting somewhere between Tame Impala and Gary Numan, Montreal — the leadoff single from the Rochester, N.Y., artist’s forthcoming album Numb — is a classic but timely story about relationships hitting the fan as distance takes its toll. While the song’s upbeat update on ’80s Brit synth-pop is enough to give this song its own happy ending, the lyrics aren’t lost on listeners; with an almost apologetic timbre, the prolific live wire of an artist offers condolences to his lost love while seemingly looking for forgiveness.
“That’s just personally the way I’ve been feeling the last two years,” West admits, “and I know a lot of other people feel the same way. We’ve all lost something during this time — either loved ones, jobs, or relationships.”
In his case, West did his best to harness what he could within any silver lining of gain; while the pandemic swept the world in multiple waves, he spent his time writing and recording Numb. “The album is like a book, with each song a different chapter,” West reveals. “I like to write about real things; I’ll sit in my room for hours, record all night, and go to school with no sleep the next day.”
That’s right, school. Although he’s still just 17-year-old junior has been on more tours and recorded more studio albums than most musicians get around to in a decade. The teenage rock ’n’ roll veteran performed with Eddie Vedder at the age of 12, and has issued two albums, an EP, and a series of singles — including Missing Out, which featured a guitar solo by Vedder’s Pearl Jam bandmate Mike McCready.