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X.AR’I’s “Jumpstate”: the hooks grab you, the lyrics speak truth, the music moves.

When I hear that X.ARI has released new music, my ears perk up.  She has a brilliant, uncanny ability to combine pain and power, courage and fear, the personal and the general in one song, often in one line. Her newest release, “Jumpstate” and the video with it does all of that and more. 

“X.ARI coined the cord “jumpstate” to describe the feeling of wanting the flee, the terror-driven urge for self-preservation through flight.  The accompanying  video followers her in a space suit, flailing,  spinning through a vortex – or maybe a birth canal – out of control.  But she gains control.

It’s just my reflex/I gotta reset/ I don’t want to leave yet

I’m in a jumpstate/its flight or fight , babe…

She sings to a clapbeat backed by a moving keyboard and shimmering electronic aurora. And through it all, her urgent vocals demand your attention. The hooks grab you, the lyrics speak truth, the music moves you. The arrangement evolves through raw pop to ethereal and brings you along nicely, as all of X.ARI’s music does.  “Jumpstate” is yet another reason my ears perk up when I hear X.ARI has released new music.  Patrick O’Heffernan, Host Music Sin Fronteras


“Jumpstate”  is streaming on all platforms at

Video of “Jumpstate” at



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About Patrick O'Heffernan, Music Sin Fronteras (349 Articles)
Patrick O’Heffernan, PhD., is a music journalist based in Mexico, with a global following. He focuses on music in English and Spanish that combines rock and rap, blues and jazz and pop with music from Latin America, especially Mexico like cumbia, banda, son jarocho, and mariachi. He is also edits a local news website and is a subeditor of a local Spanish language newspaper. Check out his weekly column Music Sin Frontera on Sunday nights.

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