The name American Nightmare sounds like a horror film or television series that I would gladly watch. But I’m far from disappointed that it’s the title of a new track from JØUR. True to form, the song’s billowing synths are dark and warped, giving the alt pop song a rather haunting undertone. Yet American Nightmare also boasts snappy beats and funky guitar curls, as well as sweet, honeyed vocals. JØUR enthralls us with the shadowplay on her new song, even reminding us of music from Twin Peaks in the process, as well as Men I Trust’s plush grooving music and LA band Breakfast’s contorted electronic pop (they’ve been MIA for quite some time). American Nightmare’s binary constitution evokes a common trope from many of my favorite shows and movies. Everything might seem perfect on the surface, but buried below is much growing decay. American Dream is the first track from JØUR’s upcoming record, Chiaroscuro. Stay tuned as she continues to release more music throughout 2018.

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