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John Jagos began his musical journey in 2009 by experimenting with his own electronic productions in his college dorm room. After uploading a few of his early creations to MySpace, he quickly attracted prominent music blog attention from outlets like Pitchfork and No Pain in Pop and found himself amidst the style of electronic pop sometimes referred to as chillwave. “The music I was already making was fitting into that vibe,” he recalls. Eleven years into his career, Jagos has refined his productions and evolved the Brothertiger sound into a blend of hi-fi electronic-indie, new wave and nostalgic synth-pop.
Jagos released two albums—2012’s Golden Years and Future Splendors in 2013—on electronic label Mush, which counts Bibio and Daedelus in its stable; in 2015, Jagos went full-on independent by self-releasing his third album, Out of Touch. Since then, he’s busied himself with touring and releasing a Tears for Fears cover album (Brothertiger Plays: Tears for Fears’ Songs from the Big Chair), 2019’s A Chain of Islands EP, two instrumental albums (Fundamentals Vol. I & II) compiled from his bi-weekly livestreams, as well as 2020’s Paradise Lost, his first studio full-length in five years.
2021 is shaping up to be another prolific year for Jagos. New singles “Arizona,” “Wallow” and “Dancer On The Water” showcase a poppier musical direction in contrast to the darker, more self-reflective temperaments of Paradise Lost. Jagos is emerging from a year of isolation with music best enjoyed in the company of others.
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