Review by Nick Manduley

Photos by Diane DiMemmo

March 11, 2021

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Asbury Park-based singer/songwriter Jarod Clemons has independently released an emotional new single titled “In the Shadows.” The tune follows the two previous singles Clemons released as leader of Jarod Clemons and the Late Nights, “On the Waves” and “Ramblewood Parkway.”

In the Shadows” is a heartfelt, ballad-esque tune that is carried largely by Clemons soulful voice and emotive acoustic guitar. Like a slow burn, the track builds little by little, with low cello notes humming under the verses as Clemons dips in and out of his falsetto voice. As the mix thickens with more harmonized vocals, the tune bursts into momentum with the building of drums, a full string arrangement, and twinkling lead guitar. The wall of sound gives way to a calm ending consisting of Clemonssoft falsetto vocals and acoustic strumming.

In the Shadows” is currently available on all major streaming services.

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Nick Manduley is an aspiring music journalist and musician from Bradley Beach, NJ. He is currently an intern at Relix Magazine where he helps produce and curate online content. Since 2016, he has provided guitars and vocals for the local punk band Drive, Kid. Drive, Kid released an EP and a full-length album in 2018, and are currently recording their sophomore LP.


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