Thursday, April 23, 2015

Jamaican Queens' new video for "Love Is Impossible" is awesome

Posted By on Thu, Apr 23, 2015 at 11:12 AM


We get sent a lot of press releases trumpeting new videos, streams, did you see so-and-so on Kimmel, etc. Most of it so so boring. Not this one! Check it out — I won't even say anything about the video ahead of time, except that it's probably NSFW. I mean, I don't know where you work, so I do not want to be presumptuous but i also don't want anyone to get in trouble at work because of a video I posted because of my work.

Jamaican Queens play Metro Times' Blowout 18, which is next week, and which is loaded with awesome.

Here's the rest of the release in case you care/ want to follow them on the road like a walking restraining order.



Los Angeles, CA – April 22, 2015 – Detroit experimental pop trio Jamaican Queens have followed up the recent premiere of the new track “Love Is Impossible” [] with the debut of a new music video for the song, taken from their new full-length album Downers available June 2 (Freakish Pleasures label). View the “Love Is Impossible” video now online at: In addition, Jamaican Queens have added 20 new dates to their ongoing 2015 tour itinerary, with more yet to be announced.

With the video, the band wanted to create a visual representation of the songs meaning "impossible love". “I came out to Detroit with only the most basic framework of an idea: to hypothesize a relationship between societal control and sexual control with two policemen as central characters,” said director Izaak Schlossman. “Writing and shooting the video was a very open and democratic process; most everyone decided on the specifics of their roles, or provided some other flourish that made the video more fun and interesting to work on together. It felt like we were making our own weird Factory film, playing make-believe in the street.”

Jamaican Queens’ songwriter and producer Ryan Spencer wrote “Love Is Impossible” coming down from a brutal depression. He says, “My only real relationship had ended three months prior, but with spring’s return, I felt hopeful. I realized that life isn't as horrible as I had convinced myself over the previous winter. I was still disenchanted with love and relationships in general, but discovered I could be happy alone, and as cliché as it sounds, time will eventually heal old wounds.”

Recently, Jamaican Queens announced their new album Downers would be released June 2, the follow up to their critically acclaimed 2013 debut Wormfood. Home recording the 10-song album, the band crafted Downers with an ambiguous combination of reverb soaked symphonic glam, swirling ‘60s simplicity, eerie avant-dance pop, and experimental electronics with sophisticated, melodic arrangements. Combined with the eccentric personalities of the trio, the result is a musical alchemy rendering their songs challengingly unique and wistfully familiar.

Earlier this year, Jamaican Queens released the Bored + Lazy EP [] including the upcoming studio version of the new album track "Joe,” alongside three feature remixes by legendary techno music pioneer Kevin Saunderson, avant-garde Detroit house producer Coyote Clean Up, and hip-hop producer/DJ Nick Speed featuring Dopehead from Bruiser Brigade. Alongside the EP, the band introduced a video for the track “Bored + Lazy,” [] a magically surrealistic 'night in the life' of two protagonists— exuding calculation and impetuousness at once. The strikingly visual cinematic score to the song exudes a dark and evocative cocktail of melancholy, decadence, and classic film noir. View it now online at:

Hailing from Detroit, Jamaican Queens are songwriter and producer Ryan Spencer, producer and engineer Adam Pressley, and percussionist Ryan Clancy. Together the trio produces a raw and abrasive form of pop music focused on dark themes. Their sound incorporates electronic, electric, and acoustic instrumentation with each song arranged according to its specific needs, while always existing within the verse/chorus structure of "pop music."


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June 6 Detroit, MI Majestic Café
June 10 Cincinnati, OH MOTR Pub
June 11 Dayton, OH Blind Bob’s
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June 18 Brooklyn, NY Palisades
June 20 Boston, MA The Sinclair
July 9 Kalamazoo, MI Bells Brewery
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July 19 Lincoln, NE Duffy’s
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