With a sound influenced by Depeche Mode, Planet Funk, Almamegretta, Blonde Redhead, Arcade Fire, Editors, Interpol and Block Party, JATA essentially reinvented his sound In the process of writing and recording this EP, exploring the use of electronics and early sampling technique, in a mix of pop catchy groove and harmonies.
Earlier, he presented the title track ‘Crazy Game of Phobias’ and a video that most people will identify with. With a particular Depeche Mode-flavor, this is a statement on the phobia about social contact that has developed throughout the current pandemic, lockdowns and social distancing rules.
JATA explores one of the most negative effects generated by the pandemic – the phobia people hav developed about social contact, stemming from the distancing rules and lockdowns, not to mention constant media hype. His lyrics emphasize the need to reclaim our greatest and most significant human trait – the need for socializing and contact.
Taking us on a captivating electronic journey between the 80s and the present day, ‘Crazy Game of Phobias’ is a sonic springboard, from which you can explore one or more destinations of positive rediscovery, resilience, personal and collective rebirth – inherent human traits that can be drawn to the surface through a path of sensation and atmosphere.
“The EP’s leitmotif starts with the current pandemic and the changes this new era has brought to the world. With its huge global impact, this crisis has encouraged me to think about how unstable and unpredictable our life is and how important it is to have the right approach to change,” says Gaetano Russo.
The concepts of resilience, future vision and goals, personal growth and discovering loved ones are issues presented from my personal point of view. As a professional coach and NLP professional practitioner, I take the view towards developing the human potential inside each of us, breaking a 3-year writer’s block during which I had zero inspiration to write new songs.”
Music and lyrics by Gaetano Russo
EP produced & mastered by Marco Di Dio at Roccascina Studios
‘Crazy Game of Phobias’ video produced by Luca Biondo & Stefano Lorillo
Single cover artwork drawn by Santi Partito
Graphic adaptation by Davide Arona
EP artwork cover by Davide Arona
Artist photography by Alessio Reitano
1. Crazy Game of Phobias (3:45)
2. Miss You (4:13)
3. The Rest of My Days (4:02)
4. The Same Page (3:37)
5. Letter From My Future (3:06)
6. Don’t Blame on Yourself (3:46)
“Music that remains timeless and in vogue with the current market. A maestro of synth-pop and electronica… takes you to a place of reflection and euphoric celebration” ~ The Manc Review
“Uber-catchy keyboard intro… a very clever song, with strong hooks and songwriting schematic. Particularly the refrain is noteworthy and JATA’s voice and vocal stylings are strong and convincing” ~ Amplify Music Magazine
“Flawlessly delivered with an important message in hand… His is a slick sound, put to an enticing backbed of synth grooves and an uplifting orchestral soundscape” ~ Big Takeover Magazine