Premiere: Restless Modern’s Soul-Stirring “Doubt” Aches with Dreams & Fears

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Aching with insecurity, Restless Modern’s soul-stirring “Doubt” gives turmoil a facelift with an intimate confession full of vulnerability and truth.

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We too often dance around difficult subjects, fully knowing that tackling them head-on would have the most powerful and meaningful impact. When we’re true to ourselves, we can then be as open and honest with others as humanly possible – as is the case on Restless Modern’s soulful new single. Aching with insecurity, the soul-stirring “Doubt” gives inner turmoil a facelift as Restless Modern delivers an intimate confession full of vulnerability and truth.

take me to the place
whereIi feel like I’m good enough
take me to the place
in heaven where my hopes went up
Listen: “Doubt” – Restless Modern

Atwood Magazine is proud to be premiering “Doubt,” the latest release from musical phenomenon Restless Modern. The moniker for Harvard University student Jack Kieffer, Restless Modern made big waves with his 2017 debut single “Navigator,” which has since accumulated over 8 million streams. Self-produced, self-written, and self-performed, Restless Modern blends hip-hop and electronica, pop and trap influences in a unique musical voice that stresses human emotion as much as it does tasteful experimentation.

Doubt - Restless Modern

Doubt – Restless Modern

The second song to come out since his debut EP To Come Undone was independently released in February 2018, “Doubt” finds Restless Modern at a particularly prolific point in his still nascent career. Kieffer cites the likes of (Atwood favorites) EDEN and The 1975 as major influences on his music, and while there is certainly no denying their place in Restless Modern’s evolution, “Doubt” feels far more the product of early Drake, Frank Ocean and The Weeknd – each of whom has bridged the gab between hip-hop and R&B in a special and different way.

Like these acclaimed artists of pop radio fame, Restless Modern finds his own niche within sensual sounds and emphatic vocalizations, tapping deep into himself while he milks that aching feeling for all its worth.

Restless Modern © Brandon Wang

Restless Modern © Brandon Wang

dreaming about big views
waking up to big news
always thinking bout you
always thinking bout you
songs i write are okay
nothing really too great
know i gotta make a change
so why do i just stay the same

“’Doubt’ is a song about the darker side of believing in oneself,” Restless Modern tells Atwood Magazine. “Everyone hears about the success stories, but no one hears about the people who aren’t living their dreams. The question that constantly runs through my mind is: “do I have what it takes?” Only time will tell, but I believe that anything can happen if you put in the work. I have already seen that truth come to life on some level, and I have faith in the process.”

He continues: “Doubt is coming out on my 22nd birthday, which I think is very fitting – I produced, mixed, wrote, and performed “Doubt” myself in my dorm room, but I’m graduating from university in May of this year and leaving that space. As I move out of school, something that has been one of my life’s biggest priorities for as long as I can remember, the pressure to succeed and improve myself as an artist, continues to mount. With that, however, comes a very satisfying (but terrifying) freedom: I’m giving everything I have to what was once a pipe dream. In many respects, this has been (and will continue to be) an incredibly difficult path, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Restless Modern © Hannah Allchurch

Restless Modern © Hannah Allchurch

If there’s one truth I have learned through interactions with countless artists, it is that faith in yourself and hard work truly do pay off in the long run. The more “successful” you become, in fact, the harder the work gets – everything intensifies with size and scale. This is all to say that Kieffer need not fear losing his dream, or not “making it”: He’s already on the right path, and it’s clear that he is doing what it takes to make and share his music with the world.

I’m here on the ground, but I’m looking down, and I was born with the drive, without wings so I cry,” Restless Modern sings, wrestling with himself. Fueled by the fear of failure as well as the determination to see his dreams fully realized, “Doubt” captures an emotion every single person knows only too well.

But that’s the price you pay for dreaming big. Life is short, and our days are few; why not make the most of every second by pursuing whatever it is that we love the most?

Stream “Doubt” exclusively on Atwood Magazine, and pre-save it on Spotify here in advance of its 4/20/2018 release!

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Mitch is the Editor-in-Chief of Atwood Magazine and a 2014 graduate from Tufts University, where he pursued his passions of music and psychology. He currently works at Universal Music Group in New York City. In his off hours, Mitch may be found songwriting, wandering about one of New York's many neighborhoods, or writing an article on your next favorite artist for Atwood. Mitch's words of wisdom to fellow musicians and music lovers are thus: Keep your eyes open and never stop exploring. No matter where you go, what you do or who you are with, you can always learn something new and inspire something amazing. Say hi here: mitch[at]atwoodmagazine[dot]com