Photo by Ribal Hosn

“SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists & music people beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day. Today’s guest is a truly multi-faceted, optimally talented, multi media artiste from Brisbane, Australia who has both a remarkable voice and captivating presence. To her friends Deena Lynch, but with various alter egos including Spectator Jonze as a narrative illustrator and as a self-styled gender-subverting photographer Dusky Jonze, but it’s in her musical guise as Jaguar Jonze, that she’s the spikiest of Jonzes.

It was watching a local Brisbane based Iggy tribute act that she realised she needed to up her stage presence game and she’s done that in spades, aces of spades, taking on the lithe feline unpredictability of Jim Osterberg and adding it to the mystical musicality of Björk Guðmundsdóttir, with captivating videos that are definitely Quentin Tarantino-esque – a little bit of Kill Bill here and a dash of Mia Wallace there. But with debut EP “Diamonds & Liquid Gold” out on 17th April via Nettwerk Records, it’s not so much been Quentin Tarantino as Covid Quarantine, with the Coronavirus pandemic having a direct and dual effect on the trajectory of Jonze and the health of Lynch, which has shaped her own choice of tune for this zine, picking an artiste who has surprisingly never been selected on these pages before, from one of my all-time favourite films.

We’re pleased and relieved to welcome to Velvet Sheep, the cinematic charms of Jaguar Jonze!

But before we venture deeper into Lynch’s psyche, first let’s head down the “Rabbit Hole” of her latest video.

Jaguar Jonze made a performance debut on the Australian Broadcaster ABC’s Triple J “Like A Version” show with a cover of Nirvana’s “Heart Shaped Box” with electronic duo Hermitude and her own “Diamonds & Liquid Gold” like that song pulls no punches with confrontational lyrics and unrelenting explorations of mental health, heartbreak and self-discovery.

Yeah Yeah Yeah’s Karen O talked at length in NYC post-millenial punk book “Meet Me In The Bathroom” about she’d come off stage and not even remember what she’d done despite having been a complete whirling dervish of explosive writhing energy and bombast, and similarly Jaguar Jonze is a breathless take-no-prisoners, leave no stone unturned character which Deena Lynch can truly embody and inhabit with absolute abandon – leaving everything on the stage.

For some more unselfconscious dancing not seen since Childish Gambino, feast your peepers on this other very red video – that’s part Kate Bush part “Bang Bang” Nancy Sinatra…

Jaguar Jonze is a class act, and was in the middle of taking her hyperreal presence to the US when the reality of an unprecedented (jeez that’s been an overused word right?) and scarily surreal situation pandemic truly bit, and hit Lynch directly. She was gracious enough to give us her song choice despite a very tricky time, and we wish her better, and hope she’s recovering well. Without further ado, this is Jaguar Jonze’s “song for ewe”…

“Song for Ewe by Jaguar Jonze
Beck – Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime

I picked a timeless favourite but also because I came back to it today. I just got back from my US tour that was cut short because of the pandemic that’s going on right now. Unfortunately, I’ve been bed ridden with a fever for the last 4 days and am awaiting my test results. Regardless, I’m in quarantine for 14 days as I had come from overseas back to Australia. Being sick meant that I had to forcibly slow down, which I probably needed anyway. For the first time in years, I’ve been watching TV shows all day to pass the time. I missed out on a lot of pop culture in my busyness.

I’ve been getting into Mr. Robot which is fascinating, psychopathic and dismal but – undeniably creative. I’m in Season 2 at the moment and a certain flip of a scene and plot twist reminded me of “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”, which then led me to the soundtrack. And now I’m here, writing this as I listen to “Everybody’s Got to Learn Sometime”.

I always somehow come back to this song. In a moment to cry, in a moment to reflect, in a moment to be sad, in a moment to be grateful, in a moment to be peaceful, in a moment to be angry, in a moment to be compassionate, in a moment to be happy. My favourite type of music are the ones that pass the test of time and fit the colours of life and this song is one of them for me.”

THANKS SO MUCH TO DEENA AKA JAGUAR JONZE AND TO KEN LI AT NETTWERK RECORDS. 

“Diamonds & Liquid Gold” out next Friday 17th April

Pre-order here:

https://lnk.to/JJ-DiamondsAndLiquidGold

selected socials etc below:

https://www.facebook.com/jaguarjonze

https://www.instagram.com/jaguarjonze/

and to leave you, a delicate slice from the EP and my favourite, the soul-baring “You Got Left Behind”