Anyone who is into Australian indie music should already know Jaguar Jonze. For anyone who does not, her debut EP Diamonds & Liquid Gold is sure to make you a fan of hers.
But it is not just her music, her atmospheric sound and breezy vocals that needs a mention here. We’ll come to that later. But first let’s know a bit more about Deena Lynch, which is her real name.
Her Taiwanese mother and Australian father had split forcing her mother to go back to Taiwan due to complications in passports and citizenship issues. While her father remained in Japan, she had to fight it out alone in Australia. Diagnosed with Complex PTSD at a young age, she was repeatedly sexually assualted during the initial recording of her track “Beijing Baby“.
While participating in Eurovision: Australia Decides in February, she dislocated her shoulder. But that did not stop her. She continued her performance on stage and only after the show was over the news of her injury was made public.
But the worse was yet to come! While she visited U.S. in March to attend SXSW, she got infected with COVID-19. Though she initially recovered, the extreme symptoms returned on the eve of her debut release. But the 21 years old survivor would not give up. She chatted with her fans on social media from the hospital bed, listened to all the six songs from the EP and made sure her debut was proper.
All the hard work, the will to survive adds to the amazing performances in this debut EP by Jaguar Jonze. The electriying songs explore heartbreak, mental health and self-discovery. With psychedelic-western tones, her mastery in storytelling makes this album really special.