Reviews, Singles

Jozem is back with more Alt-R&B goodness in ‘it came to me in a dream’

Impersonating the enigmatic dimension of dreams, Jozem’s ‘it came to me in a dream’ is an ethereal body of work intended for healing and self-discovery. An intricate choreography of Alt-R&B goodness, this entirely self-produced album sparks up a type of magic we had never heard before. Greatly introspective, Jozem delivers an elaborate reflection on his individuality and emotional essence. 

Weaving through organic textures and hazey motifs, Jozem’s vocals acquire a celestial quality, reverberating throughout, like an ever-present force. The refined profile of his tone assembles into an integral vocal arrangement, laced with breezy synths, profound bass lines and sinuous beat patterns.  

Featuring 5 previously released singles ‘Breath’ , ‘Dreams’, ‘Water Me’, ‘Goderich’ and ‘Youth’, Jozem perfectly balances the album with 5 unreleased slices of smoothness ‘ Möbius’, ‘Lunar’, ‘Danforth’ ‘The Risk’ and the albums single ‘Foreign’ which help complete the project in its entirety.

Here, Jozem gives us the full backstory to ‘it came to me in a dream’:

“ it came to me in a dream is a soundscape of the last decade of my life. It is a window into my soul. It touches on my dreams, my fears, my goals and aspirations. It covers pivotal moments in my life, such as reconnecting with the country that birthed me, and that which raised me, as I continue my yearning for something that feels like home, spiritually and physically. It touches on themes of emancipation of self as I examine my relationship with myself and those that I love, my relationship with my spirituality, my sexuality and my music, as I learn more about how I want to love and be loved. It is about facing my fears, facing the demons that haunt me at night, truly having a conversation with myself and ultimately working towards being my most authentic self whilst finding my purpose in this life. 

I produced this album in its entirety. Working on it over the past few years was a true lesson in exercising patience and letting go of the things that I have no control over. It was a lesson in trusting my own instincts, trusting my own voice and listening to what my soul had to say. The title ‘it came to me in a dream’ is in reference to my creative process, the organic way that this project came together, and the manner in which the melodies, lyrics and visions came to me, at times quite literally in my dreams. 

I hope people receive it with the love and vulnerability with which it was created. I hope people can relate to the joys and the struggles, that their experience listening to this music can be as cathartic and healing as it was for me.” 

@jozem_

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