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Jonathan incorporated


Country of origin:

Canada

Type of music generally:

Introspective indie rock

Status:

Most recent release, The Greatest Songs I Never Wrote (covers, 2012); most recent release of original material, lost:time (2011)

See also:

Jonathan incorporated site

Comparisons:

American Music Club, hints of R.E.M., irony-free eels

Covers/own material:

Own

General comments:

This album required a few listenings, and a bit of dedication. All is rewarded, however, and eventually jonathan inc's waiting for morning reveals itself as a thing of understated power and mournful beauty. There is a tendency, in parts, towards the soporific, when the doleful atmosphere overwhelms a couple of the tunes and leaves them with nowhere to go. When it shines, however, it shines with bursts of brilliant, wintry light that dazzle and exhilarate. The songs work their way under your skin, and pretty soon you'll swear they've always been there. (adamk@zoom.co.uk)

Recommended first album:

waiting for morning

Recordings:


waiting for morning

Release info:

2000—self-released

Availability:

See website for availability

Ecto priority:

Moderate to high

Group members:

j. anderson—vocals, guitars, lap steel, keyboards, bass, percussion, vibraphone

Guest artists:

m. derrick—piano, organ, electric guitar
e. vooys—drums
j. bews—upright and fretless bass
angie lof—harmonies
todd simko—electric oboe
kevin house—harmonies

Produced by:

jonathan

Comments:

A bit more edge would have been appreciated, but if you have the patience, this album repays it by coming back to haunt you. (adamk@zoom.co.uk)

things done and left undone

Release info:

2004—Anniedale Records

Availability:

See website for availability

Ecto priority:

Moderate to high

Group members:

jonathan anderson—guitars, vocals
michelle grunert—moog, wulitzer and vocals
jon brotherton—bass
glenn d'cruze—drums

Guest artists:

roxy dykstra—violin and viola
brian chow—cello
angie lof—singing on "relentless"
rebecca rowan—singing harmony on "reading between the lines"

Produced by:

jonathan

Comments:

This doesn't quite hit the highpoints of waiting for morning, but has a fragile, melancholy charm all of its own, with Angie Loff and Rebecca Rowan's guest vocals adding much appreciated grace and beauty to Jon Anderson's more low-key singing style.
     This isn't an album for everyone, or even for every day, but it certainly manages to capture the delicate sound of mournful heartbreak. (adamk@zoom.co.uk)

Further info:

Email jonathaninc@hotmail.com


Thanks to adamk@zoom.co.uk for work on this entry.

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