Empathy, community, and creative expression collide with JAGWAR TWIN, the near-supernatural alter-ego of singer, songwriter, producer, and storyteller Roy English. The songs are captivating and confessional in equal measure. JAGWAR TWIN provokes and inspires, adapting to rapidly evolving changes in culture with the speed and agility of the enduring “big cat” of the Americas, the jaguar.
English dissolves the imaginary barriers between artist and audience. As American Songwriter observed, “Jagwar Twin’s sound is built around the individual expression of universal experience.”
This attitude and ethos inform everything on Jagwar Twin’s ambitious sophomore album, 33. Otherworldly garage-rock guitars, grimy breakbeats, and vivid poetry combine with electro-pop flourish and soulful R&B into a unique style that’s broadly “alternative” and definitively Jagwar Twin.
Jagwar Twin’s debut album, Subject to Flooding, arrived in 2018, produced by S1 (Kanye West, Beyoncé, Lorde) and Linus (Twenty One Pilots, 5 Seconds Of Summer). Individualism anthem “Loser,” which premiered on The Zane Lowe Show, earned over 17.4 million streams on Spotify. Sports synch icon “Long Time Coming” and “Shine” were similarly transcendent, connecting with diverse listeners worldwide.
The arrival of 33, produced by Matthew Pauling (Twenty One Pilots, 5 Seconds Of Summer) and mixed by Jeff Ellis (Grandson, Frank Ocean, Doja Cat), coincides with the launch of the Jagwar Twin digital universe Hall of Mirrors. The culmination of a months-long Web3 campaign, it’s an immersive Web3 environment beaming with wonder and possibility, that rethinks the artist-fan equation. The album is driven by songs like ”Happy Face”, “It’s Your Time,” “Soul is a Star,” “Down to You,” and “The Circle.”
English channels the iconic showmanship of Ziggy Stardust-era David Bowie and Bad-era Michael Jackson throughout the album.
Jagwar Twin originated with English’s self-discovery and ventures forward with encouragement to others to do the same work, to emphasize the things that unite us rather than what divides us. The hope is to enter a new era of authenticity, vulnerability, and tranquility and dance all the way there.