Reminiscent of recalling warm memories on the last dazed night of summer, Junior Mesa’s latest track “Losing My Grip” is a fleeting 2 1/2 minute folksy, upbeat indie-rock track that leaves me wanting more. 

Originating from Bakersfield, CA, the talent of multi-instrumentalist Junior Mesa easily shines through the brightly raucous melody, playful flute, and bittersweet lyrics that make for a hopeful, feel-good song. Mesa wrote the song two years ago, although it was fully produced only about four months ago. Striking a difficult balance, he manages to craft his own clear vision for the track while still being vague enough to be relatable to just about anyone singing along. Every line he croons out sounds more catchy than the last, showcasing Junior Mesa’s simplistic lyricism and vocals that drip like honey and grip you with nostalgia.

Even more astonishingly is how he packs in an easy, slowed down bridge within the short running time. The bridge gracefully grounds the song before bumping the energy back up to higher heights than before.

Photo by Sydney Yatco

Personally, half the time I’m listening to “Losing My Grip” I feel like it’s a song charged with the excitement that comes with meeting someone new, and the other half it feels rooted in the unstoppable attitude that comes with really getting over someone — regardless, it always feels unbeatably good.

From his influences of ‘60s superstars Jimi Hendrix and Wes Montgomery, all the way to old school jazz, to learning Nirvana’s “Lithium” as his first song ever on guitar, Junior Mesa built his own characteristic sound pulling his favorite bits and pieces from a sweeping array of genres. In an article published by Remezcla, Mesa said  “There’s a slower pace that my generation sort of needs, because our lives are so fast and frantic. For me, music is peace. It’s what I want to share.” 

We’re grateful Junior Mesa is sharing his peace, and I’m definitely excited to listen in to his next releases.