fearlessly grinds the lines between J-pop, rap, electronica, and hard rock Imagine if Grimes was Japanese and performing with her finger in an electronic socket and it all took place inside a video game. Everything is blown-out to a widescreen post-rock scope yet feels jarringly immediate. Her tracks are grounded in rock but often incorporate elements of hiphop and electronic music, and her vocal delivery moves from delicate spoken word to primal screams. However, she is still definitely at the beginning of her "rising artist" narrative, in which critics are still trying to define her. She says many have come to see her as a "poetry rapper."
Ultimately, Jaguar Jonze
-- and its adjacent projects, her narrative illustration project Spectator Jonze and her gender-subverting photography project Dusky Jonze -- would become powerful ways in which Deena could process her most intimate vulnerabilities, while empowering others to do the same.
Her art is a logical extension of that, with each project mining depths of her personality. "I can't do anything without meaning," she says of her visual artwork via Spectator Jonze. Through bold pop art that dabbles in surrealism, she destigmatizes mental-health issues by interviewing her subjects before drawing them. Deena's 50th portrait, a year into the project, confronted her own PTSD stemming from her unstable, unsafe childhood. "I realized when I stepped out of hiding, I could actually move forward, feel less isolated. I want other people to unburden themselves from the wasted extra energy spent pretending and hiding."
is an explosive instrumental math rock band influenced by greats across the expansive post-rock canon.