In the cover art for her new single, “Uh Huh,” Jade Bird stares away from the camera and into the distance, her face spreading into a neon blur of color. It’s attention-catching and vibrant, but the cover is nothing compared to the song itself.
Stepping out as a solo artist can be daunting for a musician, especially for one who has spent over a decade being associated with a particular band. Luckily, Ryan Key is up to the task.
Key first gained a footing in the musical scene in the late ‘90s, as a member of rock and pop punk band Yellowcard. He spent 17 years as the band’s principal songwriter, lead singer and rhythm guitarist, penning such hits as “Ocean Avenue” and “Lights and Sounds.” The band released its final album, Yellowcard, in 2016, and now Key is branching out on his own as a solo artist.
A new concept album has come out, awash with glam rock and glittery existentialism. It may not be the eighties, but you wouldn’t know it from the music. Fortunately for Arctic Monkeys, given the recent wave of '80s nostalgia, they may have timed their surprising and daring change in direction at just the right moment.
Early in the pages of “Circe,” the recent novelization of the Greek goddess’s life, Madeline Miller describes a meeting between the titular character and Prometheus. At the time, Circe is a young, unremarkable goddess; Prometheus is a prophetic Titan who has recently confessed to his ultimate crime of giving humans the knowledge of fire and is ready to be punished.