“Just Fine” and “Achievement Of Youth” are the two latest singles off rising alt-pop singer Zoe Sky Jordan’s upcoming album, Selfish. Jordan draws comparisons to that of Soccer Mommy and Japanese Breakfast, but, at least in vocal tone, she also wields qualities of both Carly Rae Jepsen and Kacey Musgraves’ light, flirty qualities. On both tracks her vocals are lilty, almost weightless at times, but maintain their presence at the forefront of both pieces. An impressive feat particularly on “Just Fine,” on which the band plays with more ferocity and resonance. There are clear elements of jazz, blues, and 90’s alternative within the music, all of which allow the musicianship to shine through without taking away from Jordan’s confessional lyrics and delivery.
“Just Fine” seemingly recounts Jordan’s willingness to let a partner be the dominating force in a relationship, essentially being the one who makes the calls. In a way, she is allowing her own voice to be diminished to satisfy her partner’s wants and desires; “Give me that spotlight, tell me this feels right. Tell me I love my life, and imma be just fine.” The repeated usage of the phrase, “I always live up to the hype, never crack under the pressure,” can be interpreted several different ways, but could be best described as a form of desperate yet necessary reassurance, in a situation that only seems to be benefiting one party. However, the deadpan delivery of the line, with only minor variations, shows signs of emotional fatigue from this kind of relationship, in which she gets nothing in return. The last minute-and-a-half of the track is pure musical bliss, as the band builds to a euphoric crescendo, then slowly takes it down as the song comes to a close.
“Achievement Of Youth” takes on a more intimate approach all around, with a chill, soothing guitar, light drums, and tender keys. The song was inspired by a Carrie Fisher quote stating that, “Youth and beauty are not accomplishments. They’re the temporary happy by-products of time and/or DNA. Don’t hold your breath for either.” Jordan interpreted the quote in her own way, and sang about learning to grow to love yourself for who you are, not constantly comparing yourself to others around you; “I’ll find somewhere tomorrow, you know better than to ask. Somewhere running out the clock where I can be my best.”
You can stream both “Just Fine” and “Achievement Of Youth” on all streaming services.