The Tāmaki Makaurau based Jacob Park continues the venture into vocals with his musical project Leaping Tiger, pulling together a fun dancey track for his first 2022 release.
Park’s last single ‘Gooey’ lets the green monster loose, but ‘New Psyche’ reigns this jealous longing back in, instead exploring the genuine comfort that emerges in finding yourself post-breakup. There’s a similar fun found in the genre-bending between hip hop, R&B, and electronic, but Park develops the sound to find something new and refreshing in his portfolio.
Some of the slick wordplay works to incite a smile; “To see thou in the arms of another/Had to tell myself, sit down buster”. These are the single’s best moments, when fun and cheekiness is found in playful lyrics, to match the upbeat tempo.
‘New Psyche’ is a cool and confident track that makes for a good groove. These songs that delve in different emotional states are pretty cathartic, and show Leaping Tiger’s emerging talent for writing lyrics that capture an intense, universal feeling. Hopefully, ‘New Psyche’ provides an exciting promise for more.
A song for a fresh start… for when you’re saying “I’m doing fine” and actually mean it.