By TJ Acena, PQ Monthly
XO Jasen is a new electronic project by Portland musician Jason Mampel. His first release under this name is called Four Love Songs, which is exactly what it sounds like, four songs about love. Queer love. The pronouns of the subjects he sings about change throughout the album and when we reach the last song, Kiss Me Dark Destroyer, the most futuristic of the album, Mampel sings:
I know I know it may seem crazy
this world is a construct baby
you are you are my maiden voyage
and I am I am your dark destroyer
and I will be a woman
and I will be your man
There’s actually a music video for Kiss Me Dark Destroyer.
I’m actually quite fond of the opening track Unlearn, Mampel tells the object of affection, “I won’t cringe at the sound of your voice. I won’t hide your flailing hands.”
Yes to songs that don’t shame femme guys.