Jack Tracy releases the second part of his FOR YOU trilogy on December 3. Recorded at Redbird Studios in New York City and mixed by Grammy-nominated sound engineer Brent Kolatalo, FOR YOU is Jack Tracy’s second studio album. Part 2 continues themes from the first album, released this summer, and once again, features songs with an LGBTQ point of view and LGBTQ storylines.
In fact, the entire suite of twelve songs and their accompanying videos, when completed, will showcase a wide slice of the LGBTQ perspective from love, sex and breakups to masculine/feminine norms, body image and more. “The point was to tell universal stories with LGBTQ characters singing from an LGBTQ perspective,” Tracy explains.
Part 2 features four new songs including “Pretend to Love Me,” a lush, rich yet dark track that explores gay sex work; “Shame,” a club anthem; “Self-Destruct,” a Robyn-Esque track about opening old wounds; and “Skin,” a synth-pop song that tackles body image issues.
Jack Tracy’s FOR YOU Part 2 is being distributed through his label, Necessary Outlet, and debuts on YouTube, Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, Amazon and everywhere digital music is sold on December 3rd. Part 1 is available now.
“The album’s title has a triple meaning,” explains Jack Tracy from his New York City home. “First, this album is for you, the current pop audience. Second, all of my projects are for, by and about LGBTQ people so LGBTQ community, this album is for you.
Finally, it’s for the boy who danced alone in the mirror in his bedroom, performing to his favorite Janet Jackson songs. It’s my way of thanking him for finding a way through his struggles because they gave me something to say, and I’m putting them in a song for you.”
As he did in Part 1, Jack Tracy is releasing all videos from FOR YOU Part 2 along with the record. What makes the videos different this time around is that in all but “Shame,” Tracy takes a backseat in the stories, playing a narrator, and handing the drama to actors, many of whom are recognizable from previous Necessary Outlet productions History, Big Law, Millennial Memoir, Jack Tracy’s first feature film Snowflake, and his first podcast, Community.
“Pretend to Love Me” takes place in a futuristic world where holographic prostitution has taken the place of modern-day Only Fans pages. Bill Morton from Snowflake plays the patron who becomes obsessed with a sex worker (played by JJ Bozeman of Snowflake and History) to an uncomfortable end.
In “Shame”, Jack Tracy portrays a 9-5 corporate-type who is uncomfortable in a gay bar surrounded by more progressive forms of queerness. Will he be able to abandon his internalized shame?
“Self-Destruct” stars Maddie Smalls from Snowflake, History, and Community, preparing for her ex to introduce her to his new love interest. Everything seems fine until she begins to stumble down memory lane.
“Skin” displays vignettes of different people dealing with body image issues. Jude Stav from History decides whether to progress with hormone therapy while Lebene Ayivor from Community, despite the support of her loving boyfriend, struggles with her weight.
FOR YOU Part 2 is written and produced by Jack Tracy, mixed by Brent Kolatalo and mastered by Joe Lambert Mastering. The visual album is directed, choreographed and produced by Jack Tracy, with Joseph Patrick Conroy as the director of photography, assisted by JJ Bozeman and Sehee Kim. Erik Schneider serves as art director.
The third and final part of the FOR YOU trilogy will debut early in the new year with three love songs and a bonus track that hints at a new direction for future music projects. Once released, Jack Tracy plans to promote all three albums with a live show.
FOR YOU Part 2 debuts on YouTube, Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, Amazon and everywhere digital music is sold on December 3rd. Part 1 is available now.