Michigander, the musical moniker of Jason Singer, radiates Midwestern magnetism in his crystalline vocal delivery, sure, but mostly through his jumbo-sized anthemic pop-rock hooks. Every song on his third EP, Everything Will Be Ok Eventually, written over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, could be a single—confident and cautiously optimistic while avoiding excessive sentimentality. “It’s just like a mantra: ‘Everything will be OK eventually, everything will be OK eventually,’” Singer tells Apple Music. “I hope when people hear this 10 years from now, assuming they’re still listening, that they’re like, ‘Oh, this reminds me of the time when things started getting better. This came out when the world was healing.’ I hope it helps people feel better about everything.” Below, Singer details his EP, track by track.
“Sometimes I get annoyed by the fact that there’s so many people in my life that care about me. I have no reason to. My brain is messed up, probably, and this song is about pushing people away who are trying to care about you.”
“‘Let Down’ is a song I wrote in 2019. I was kicking around the idea of the chorus for many years; in my voice memos, it was titled ‘Potential Hit Song? (Probably).’ But eventually I got it: The song is about being patient. I always have high hopes about everything and everyone and think the best of every situation. And I think I always get let down by that. The song is about realizing good things come eventually. Also, I wanted the song to be called ‘High Hopes’ and it was like, ‘No, there’s a bigger song.’ I don’t mean to slag off Panic! At the Disco…but I don’t like that song at all.”
“After my last EP, I felt like I was having some relative success for the first time in my life. I had a song on the radio; I was getting on playlists. We were flying to shows, which is something I never thought would happen. I was like, ‘Holy cow, this is incredible, but holy cow, I don’t want to lose any of this. I don’t want to go back to working at a coffee shop again.’ The song is just about enjoying now and not letting it slip away.”
“I started writing the song in 2018, early 2019. I could never get the song right. I had this chorus idea, but I was never sure what the song was about, truthfully. It has this very intricate, took-me-hours-to-program piano thing; there’s like 10 different pianos layered on top of each other, all looping.”
“It was the last song I wrote for the EP. I felt like I needed another upbeat, fun one. If I have a song that I think will not age well, it’s this one. But that was on purpose. I thought, okay, I want to have all these catchy synth things and beeps and bops and boops. I’ve never really done that before. I was trying to normalize being alone, because we had to be, at least during the pandemic.”
“It was one of the first things I wrote in COVID-19 times, probably the third week of March . I had this song, and I was supposed to meet somebody for dinner, and then the world ended. I was like, ‘Do you still want to meet for dinner?’ and that’s how the song starts. It’s one of my favorite lyrics I’ve ever written. I don’t know why. It’s not profound in any way. And there’s horns on it and a nice coda on the end of it, the piano and the guitar. I’m such a sucker for that kind of stuff. It was such a good way to end, because it’s bookended with ‘Better’ at the beginning and ‘Together’ at the end. It’s like a subliminal message: People are better when they’re together.”