Jay Americana is an artist who isn’t afraid to stand out. Choosing the name because they “wanted to subvert the things we commonly associate with Americana. As a Black, queer person, [they] felt as if [their] story was just as All-American as anyone else, even if [their] side isn’t always given the spotlight.” The Atlanta-based artist borrows from a wide array of genres, amalgamating striking stylistic tendencies from hip hop, electronica, pop and more to devise a sound that stands out amongst the condensed scene. Reflecting on ideas such as freedom of expression, queerness and self, the artist is quickly rising through the ranks and, with their eclectic new EP, looks to fully make his mark in the industry.
Americana’s new EP, 555, is a sprawling and individualistic project that takes influence from a trip to New York in 2021. The project talks on Jay’s journey through the NYC nightlife for the first time, as they discovered the cities vibrance, dwelling on lust and love, and finding themselves through the madness of it all. Featuring the confounding recent single “Sweat”, as well as stand out tracks like “parasite” and “last call”, the tape has a bit of something for everyone, proving to be the perfect introduction for any new listeners, and a long awaited treat for old fans.
Speaking on the release, Americana comments, “I spent a lot of that trip club-hopping and exploring nightlife. Simultaneously, I had a brief romance with a boy that later rejected pursuing a relationship with me. For me, that experience of dance music, copious alcohol, and rediscovering myself was the prime influence of my project. I wanted to capture all of the emotions of a night out from the partying, the hangover, and the sober reflection.”
Stream the EP below…