Exploring the Duality of Life With jfarr’s “Wonderful!” EP [EP Review]

Erica Wei

To sum up jfarr’s music in one word, it feels…cathartic. Even jfarr states, “My music symbolizes a lot of who I am at the moment a song is made.. It’s like a time capsule for me.” Heart-wrenching and bright, jfarr’s vocals mirror his emotions as his voice, in an artistic and raw fashion, almost sounds like it’s on the verge of cracking. His newest EP titled Wonderful! is the first of two for the year. When describing his headspace while making the music, jfarr talks about the strange duality of good and bad moments in life existing simultaneously. 

In his closing song, “Seen Me Cry,” the climactic and almost celebratory production clashes with the emotive substance of jfarr’s voice, as he belts his heart out in the chorus. His vocal delivery when singing, “You’re the only one who’s seen me cry / And that shits not a lie / So please don’t say goodbye,” is gut-wrenching as many can relate to experiencing utter heartbreak. The chorus feels like the eye of the storm, where good and bad confront each other. Even jfarr explains, “It’s so easy to get caught up in the things that don’t matter to us in the grand scheme of things, and it’s so difficult to avoid it. I wrote this EP as I was starting to understand that everything always moves forward. No matter what.” When the EP ends, the silence feels almost peaceful and hopeful for what is to come. 

If you like Noah Guy, keshi, Snakehips, or Kyle Dion, I would suggest giving jfarr (pronounced like Jafar from Aladdin, taken from his IG) a listen. Anticipating his second EP of the year, I am excited to hear how his story continues to unfold.

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