Songwriter James Mason releases his debut EP Loudest Child under the name PJKTS on November 17th. The project emerges from the LA indie pop scene inhabited by producer Ethan Kaufmann, who was a driving influence of the EP’s electrifying, synthpop sound.
The two teamed up in Silver Lake, CA to record Loudest Child, a set of songs that weaves the singer’s natural emotive voice into Kauffman’s slick production in his East Hollywood studio dubbed The Elephant in the Room. Affected by artists such as Sky Ferreira, BØRNS, HAIM, Father John Misty, and Walk the Moon, Loudest Child guides today’s pop listener to a new layer in the wall of sound. The debut EP will be released, November 17th and is available for pre-order now on iTunes: http://apple.co/1LaKNRU , where listeners can receive an instant download of “Mary Louise.”
Mason, previously in pop-tinged rock outfit The Vantage and pop-punk revelers Safety Word Orange, has always relied most on his ability as a songwriter. Stacked high with experimental indie rock and synth-pop gleam, the four tracks on the EP – “Mary Louise,” “Sunshine,” “Three for the Show” and “Bad Manners” – are all buoyed by keen lyricism. Thematically, the songs conform around the anxiety and tension that nearly every 20-something has grappled with: transitioning from a more careless existence to fitting in with the bewildering idea of what it means to be an “adult.” The EP also calls to attention the damage done to personal relationships caught in the corners of addiction and depression, although sonically it is a four on the floor party affair.
The set starts with “Sunshine,” a song about self-reinvention spurred by the site of a particularly engrossing homeless man, whose weary gruffness brings up insecurities and uncertainty in our narrator. By the chorus, however, he is “walking on sunshine” as he ultimately chooses hope and optimism as his coping mechanism.
Celebratory single “Three for the Show” explodes with tom drum-lead choruses and fetching verses. Carefully placed percussion layers and synth progressions provide the base for Mason’s musings. “Three for the Show” preaches to everyone who has cracked or lost their iPhone screen during a night of heavy boozing: Sometimes it’s just easier to find delight in the screw-up and accept it as a souvenir of an awesome night of revelry. “Mary Louise” finds Mason nostalgic for his days living in LA in the mid-2000’s, reminiscing on past friends and debaucherous times. “Bad Manners” rounds out the EP with big, guitar-driven hooks and alternately spacious and snappy vocals.
PJKTS will play local and regional shows leading up to appearances at the South by Southwest Music Festival in March of 2016.