Think Im Going Crazy Over You (Jupiter Mix) is the first single from Paragon Cause's upcoming album Autopilot (Aug 2021)

With a nod to their varied and eclectic influences, Ottawa, Canada’s passionate providers of ethereal, atmospheric electro-rock, Paragon Cause, continue their assault on the conventionality of pop music in the 21st Century with the release of their latest single, Think I’m Going Crazy Over You (Jupiter Mix).

It is the next musical masterwork to come from the compellingly talented duo of Jay Bonaparte and Michelle Opthof, working in close collaboration with two veteran European hit makers/producers/songwriters Sune Rose Wagner of The Raveonettes and Liam Howe (The Sneaker Pimps/FKA Twiggs/Lana Del Ray) as part of their forthcoming new album, Autopilot.

The idea was to take the lyrics and melody for Think I’m Going Crazy Over You and create different music to accompany it, changing the meaning of the song each time. We wanted to experiment with the power of music and sound, so we recorded three different versions of the same song. said Bonaparte.

 We wanted to show how an individual can view one single situation from a different point of view, depending on the day, their feelings, their point of view, added Opthof.

Although the three versions of the song also represent the breadth of the pair’s musical inspirations, and the various people who helped bring Autopilot to life. The single version (Jupiter Mix) of the song was recorded with producer and Sneaker Pimps co-founder Liam Howe. The song features a production style that maintains a driving pulse and darkening atmosphere, but the mood changes dramatically when the backdrop changes to a psyched-out dance groove. Lyrically the song is more about being in a frustrating circumstance or time in life and not being able to say or do anything about it, according to lyricist Opthof.

 I was in one of those moods where I was frustrated with something going on around me and my inability to make change for something, I feel really passionate about, It is a sentiment, and a song, that will no doubt find resonance amongst pretty much anyone who hears it. We called this version the Jupiter Mix as Liam heavily featured his classic Jupiter 8 synthesizer. The sounds of that instrument really bring the emotion forward. she said.

While the term ‘autopilot’ has connotations of surrendering one’s freedom to a machine or going through the motions, this is far from the truth when it comes to the energy, emotion and stylized excellence of composition put forth by Paragon Cause’s creative core – Jay Bonaparte and Michelle Opthof.

Autopilot is an affirming and resolute benchmark in their career, signalling a profound elevation in their commitment to superlative songwriting, masterful arrangements and exceptionally compelling and memorable production.

In short, it is a tour de force, and emblematic of a pair of creative talents who have found their collective voices and who have shed their youthful uncertainty for a sense of musical destiny and artistic gravitas that will hold them in good stead for years to come.

This overflowing confidence, based on the success of their previous album, What We Started, as well as the deepening of their comradeship with their veteran producer/collaborator Sune Rose Wagner (The Raveonettes) is evident in the unparalleled sense of adventure, experimentation and the solidity of the compositions and production of each note of every song on Autopilot. It is an album that demonstrates the power of positivity for any creative soul, and how powerful the outcome can be when music markers are freed from the shackles of their own self doubt. In addition to frequent collaborator Sune Rose, the due further expanded their palate by bringing some iconic and surprising collaborators on board. Liam Howe (Sneaker Pimps, FKA Twiggs, Lana Del Ray) and indie rock legend Eric Avery (Jane’s Addiction, Nine Inch Nails, Garbage) have provided both production and performances to the new music.

With our previous music, even though we were trying to be creative and artistically unique and original, I think were more self conscious and a little more averse to risk. Now, because of the confidence we’ve gained over the last year and a half, we are allowing ourselves to open our minds even more and explore ideas a little more deeply and ideas that challenge us more, said Bonaparte

Bonaparte, who is generally the compositional instigator, bringing forward an abundant series of chord progressions that generally blossom into full on masterworks once Opthof and Wagner get on board.

The relationship with Wagner, a native of Denmark and a veteran of the European and North American music industry has evolved to the point where Bonaparte and Opthof no longer see themselves as starry-eyed newbies, but rather as seasoned professional collaborators.

We were less intimidated and starstruck this time. I knew we would be able to work more comfortably and more adventurously with him, and it says a lot that he trusts us enough now to let us take the lead in the process and still putting his brand into our music. That’s a big deal. We weren’t hesitant to be spontaneous and let the creativity kind of flow because of Sune wanting to be more involved in the songwriting process as opposed to sort of directing us from behind the board, said Bonaparte.

Wagner helped produce the two previous Paragon Cause albums and returned once again to the duo’s studio to help craft the new material on Autopilot.

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