Local Spotlight: Autumn Jones Adam Kaminski August 7, 2019 Featured, Local Spotlight, Local Spotlight Feature “Neapolitan” is R&B groove therapy for the overcooked mind. Summer comes packaged with a host of complaints—too muggy, sluggish, grimy—which would almost be too much if not for the irresistible charm of summery music—breezy, laidback, delightful. This summer, Autumn Jones, a student at Berklee College of Music, is in possession of the breeze machine. Her track “Neapolitan,” which came out on June 21st, packs a gust of R&B groove therapy in the spirit of Ari Lennox and Lizzo. Replete with psychedelic hooks, easygoing vamps, and catchy rhythms, it’s as easy to enjoy as AC. Born in Maplewood, NJ, a suburb of New York City, Jones found her niche at Berklee. She released “Neapolitan” with Disrupción Records, a student-run label and “artist accelerator,” founded by Berklee graduate students in Valencia, Spain, where the school has a campus. In tribute to the school’s environment, the song is named for a type of chord (built around the flat second) Jones learned in Tonal Harmony class, where technical support is complemented by emotional enrichment. “[Before Berklee], it was scary to display my craft,” Jones admits; “I wasn’t confident in myself. People in high school didn’t even know I could sing.” Summer heat, then, isn’t the only thing Jones’ music aims to assuage. She’s more interested in music as a form of mood therapy—a tool to change one’s perspective by changing how one feels. “I think when you really get lost in a track, close your eyes and sway, that’s when you’ve surrendered to the chill-out,” Jones explains. “Anxiety and stress can be crippling. I want to create music that heals the mind from such overpowering thoughts. [My music is] a little reminder that sometimes it’s okay to let go of worry, fear, and anxiety, and just let yourself be free to enjoy the present.” Adopting the perspective of a college student, it’s understandable to emphasize self-care. Although adult life comes with stressors, too, college is a uniquely stressful time for many people. There’s job insecurity, fluid social scenes, frequent assessments, and hazy futures, not to mention other coming-of-age anxieties. Jones explains, “You start getting in your head. Have I done enough? Am I smart enough? Will I be successful? Does anyone even like me? Do I even like me?” Doubting and interrogating yourself like this is a vicious cycle. Music isn’t always the best, or even an adequate, solution, but when you’ve “surrendered to the chill-out,” managing anxiety becomes a little easier. Though energetic and peppy, “Neapolitan” possesses a carefree attitude and harbors moments of tranquility; wavy synths waft like smoke, then disperse, taking your worries with them. Jones is releasing two more songs this summer, forming a trilogy, and they’re bound to keep the heat, and stress, at bay. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.