Today, multi-disciplinary artist Junior Mesa announces his new EP Cirque Du Freak, out August 13th via Nice Life Recording Company, and shares the second offering from the project, his new single “Paranoia Dreams.” Recorded across late 2019 and early 2020, the project finds Junior creating a world of his own in the form of a freak show, complete with characters and a ringmaster that he manifested as a means to confront an epilepsy diagnosis that had an adverse effect on his ability to create and record music. “Paranoia Dreams” is a document of the moments where Junior felt out of control and at the whim of his condition, crescendoing deeper into the freak show he built.
“I had my first panic attack when I was 17. I would then go on to have a panic attack every day, sometimes a couple a day for the next year,” Junior says about “Paranoia Dreams.” “I had extreme paranoia about a lot of things. I fell into a very dark, bottomless pit. You can fall forever but I managed to find some grounding and am working on climbing out!”
Inspired by the music of the late sixties and early seventies, Junior paid close attention to works such as The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band when building the world of Cirque Du Freak. Playing almost every instrument himself and self-producing the entire project, the EP effectively became a part of Junior’s healing process and a sonic time capsule of the fears, anxiety and self doubt that come with facing uncertainties.