Sometimes in our lives, we can get caught walking down the long and winding road of fool’s gold, setting out on a mission in search of our life purpose, only to realize we never truly know where we’re headed. We are all living on borrowed time, don’t punish yourself by turning a blind eye to the simplicities of life; love, laughter, and togetherness. As Albert Einstein once said, “each of us is here for a brief sojourn; for what purpose, he knows not, though he sometimes senses it.”
The above quote perfectly aligns with the vision of Jitensha, a husband and wife garage rock duo, comprised of Erin Rose Hubbard and David Martinez. The pair have recently released their latest track, “Sojourn,” a jumpy and bright tune featuring halcyon guitar riffs, groovy bass, sultry synths, steady drumbeats, and atmospheric harmony vocals.
The duo shares on “Sojourn,”
“This single is the beginning of a new sound for Jitensha. We are delving further into the contemplative, and into the misty space between optimism and realism, where things are often darker but can be clearer.”
The track is existential in nature, asking the big questions such as “Why am I here?” or “Why is this happening to the world?” They’re questions everyone has at least thought about, especially during the uncertainty of pandemic times that has left many with feelings of lethargy, sorrow, and listlessness.
The accompanying “Sojourn” music video also loves to play with contrast, shadows, and colour, honing in on the juxtaposition between the cheery instrumentals and thought-provoking lyrics.
Near the end of the video, both Erin and David don new vibrant clothing, compared to the start when they wear full white. This is, of course, open to interpretation, but this wardrobe change could be said to signal the realization that everything is in fact, going to be OK.
“Friends of ours, a newly wedded couple, died in a motorcycle accident. They had been so young and so in love, full of smiles, laughter and gumption. They both lived life to the fullest and we thought, the best way to honour and remember them is to try and do the same,”
“Sojourn” is perhaps a reminder that we should all take this advice in our lives.
With the origin of their name stemming from the Japanese word for “bicycle,” the duo has adopted the life motto of “the direction you choose, and the energy you put in, determines where you end up.” In saying this, the duo hopes to keep pedaling toward the successful release of a variety of singles throughout 2021, as well as a more rock/funk themed LP down the road.
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