Queen of Jeans release their incredible new album, If you're not afraid, I'm not afraid
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Power comes from vulnerability—and when you’re able to take that vulnerability and turn it into an ethereal album like Queen of Jeans does with If you’re not afraid, I’m not afraid, you have all the power in the world. Previous singles like “Get Lost” and “Only Obvious to You” were peaks into what songwriter Miriam Devora had in store, but from front to back, the album delivers moments of triumph, dejection, and everything in between.
A little less than two weeks before Queen of Jeans went into the studio to record, Miri’s mom passed away. Simultaneously, following the election in 2016, it was the first time as an adult that she ever really felt afraid to be herself in her own country. “I found myself in fear not only of losing my mom to her illness, but of losing my space within society as a queer woman, and watching space get taken away from so many others.”
Bravery shines through in tracks like “Centuries” with lyrics like “Don’t give into them / not everyone’s misleading” that showcases the outstanding power Miri possesses in her perseverance. From twangy guitar riffs with sunshiny vocals to more thoughtful, touching moments like when the album’s title is recited in album closer “Take It All Away,” If you’re not afraid, I’m not afraid is a uniting call to everyone out there who needs a guiding hand—and to know that even if right now things feel scary, there’s beauty and power in the uncertainty.
The A.V. Club calls it “as ambitious sonically as it is thematically.” NPR Music included it on this week's All Songs Considered, praising vocalist Miriam Devora’s courage in the face of mounting homophobia, depression and personal grief. Paste Magazine hosted the band in their NYC studio earlier this week, and raved about the albums melancholy sentiment and their warm instrumentation and euphonic production.
Queen of Jeans is here to stay, throughout hardships and whatever this unrelenting world has to throw at them—and that’s a statement in itself.