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We are living in the age of futuristic folklore. Movies spawning back decades have envisioned our present time as a fanciful wonderland. Equipped with every gadget the mind could imagine, tales of future humanity seemed to focus on the expansion of technology. Each tale points towards the ideals of creatives of yesteryear. It seems as though their minds dreamed of a world void of gravity. Flying cars, hovering skateboards, jet-packs and shiny silver jumpsuits inspired artists to release themselves from the very force that literally keeps us grounded. Be it metaphorically or literally, these artists envisioned a future with no limitations.
We are all one big dream come true.
We have improved technology and invented objects to increase our comfortability. We have peered into the eyes of different galaxies. We have those damn hoverboards imagined when characters swam through time. We are the future—presently. And we have surpassed any vision of the past.
Chicago-based songstress Jean Deaux is the next innovator whose art can lead a new generation of forward thinkers. While writers of the past focused on technological advancements, Jean Deaux—as both an artist and a woman—focuses on advancements made within self. There is no greater creation than that of the human soul. There is no greater experience than each moment that is presently created. Jean Deaux uses her entire essence to fuel her sound. A pleasant mix of afrofuturistic cadences with a smooth hip-hop undertone, she calls her music “Otherly”. And that’s just what it is: we may not be the image of the future that was envisioned, but that’s okay. It’s the “otherly” that brings normalcy into existence. Jean Deaux is grounded and in tune, coexisting with the now, then, and forevermore. Through her music, and her soul’s mission, the masses have the ability to gravitate towards the “otherly” shit that will define our future.
Peep a recap of her performance at THE GRAND ARTS EVENT presented by VIBES STL and interview below. New to her music? Check out the playlist for an introduction to what’s next.