The Luxembourg based, indie artist Jayd — fullname Courtney Jayd Lumsden is a steadily rising star, whose profusion of talents include at the very front her soothing voice. This British singer-songwriter has the ability to summon and create serenity amidst chaos, and her dainty vocals are capable of quickly and efficiently dispersing the dark fog that clouds one’s mind.
As an independent artist, Jayd is allowed to inject as much of herself as she desires in every part of the final work. By taking care of writing, recording, producing and releasing her own music, everything she’s put out holds an air of individuality reserved to those creatives who are talented and knowledgeable in several areas.
With Down Day, Jayd has decided to indefinitely step away from the pop sound she embraced back in her 2016 debut EP ‘Hero’ to instead try out a slightly pop-influenced indie sound.
A song centered on mental exhaustion and the aftermath of anxiety is not a novel idea, but the authenticity found in Jayd’s voice, lyrics, and the tired-but-beautiful melody distinguish Down Day from previous other works centered around a similar topic.
Throughout the song, the listener is able to see Jayd’s struggles and her hurry to find a space or moment where her anxious heart can settle and slow down. With a slower pace in the pre-chorus and even more heartbreaking vocals that brings people to a standstill in the chorus, one can also find their own white space, as the song provides a moment of peace and chases away the solitude chasing the emotional distress.
“This song was one of the first songs I wrote after having my first ‘burn out episode’, [and] the writing reflects how I feel in anxiety ridden moments. After having reached out for help with my anxiety I realised it’s super common and really wanted to write something to let other people know they’re not alone with what they are feeling. Because the feeling of being alone was what really scared me into panic attacks.”
Slightly inspired and distantly related to Jeremy Zucker’s chime and Taylor Swift’s Folklore‘s ambience, the peacefulness and comforting presence of Down Day captures both loneliness and accompaniment, realism and magical power. The track’s an indie-folk record that would fit right into a playlist including the previously mentioned artists and their work, along with artists such as The xx and Purity Ring.
The new artistic era that officially started with Down Day shows not only a change of influences, but it too has given Jayd the chance to expand her collaborative circle. During this time, the artist began to work with the UK production studio DELTA STAR, and this change in her working process helped in an unexpected way as well: after years of not touching the instrument, Jayd is back in touch with the trumpet, which is expected to be featured in future tracks.
As she continues walking down the path of indie pop and indie folk, Jayd is slowly shedding her layers and opening up more of her heart for the world to stare in awe, the melody of her newer songs will without fall leave a mark in the listeners’ hearts.
If you enjoyed Jayd’s music and would like to stay updated, be sure to check out her official website. For social media you can follow her Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter accounts. To listen to her music, you can head over to her Spotify profile, Soundcloud, and Youtube channel.
You can also support the artist by streaming and sharing her music, which can be found in the following Playlists: Fresh Singles, Indie Only, Chill – Folk – Acoustic, 12 New Songs This Week, and Female Rising Stars.
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