- Words Notion Staff
Australian-Chinese pop artist, JËVA, shares his deeply personal new EP, 'Typoon'.
JËVA is back with his sophomore EP, ‘Typhoon’, a record that courageously explores notions of identity and coming out tales. Going against his family’s plans for his future to be true to himself, the cathartic record chronicles JËVA’s unrequited love for a friend, their falling out, and his subsequent public outing.
The moniker of Sydney resident Jeffrey Liu, JËVA is by 2010s R&B, 2nd Generation K-Pop, and Taylor Swift. Using music as safe space for self-reflection and healing, his new EP consists of witty, singalong lyrics, euphoric, often tropical pop melodies, and tons of relatability.
Discussing the new EP, JËVA reveals: “Through writing this EP, it’s helped me process each and every difficult emotion on the journey. I had lived 20 years of my life hiding this big secret and holding such weight of shame… That starting the domino effect of confessing was a point of no return. This extremely uncomfortable element of unchartered territory surrounding my identity gave this already tricky romantic situation a supercharged emotional weight. It was an extremely hard time of my life.” JËVA adds: “Through writing the songs I found a safe space to explore how I was feeling, process my trauma & navigate this really tricky time of my life. I couldn’t see it then, but it was my support system.”