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SIMON, JASON

A VENERABLE WRECK (BYM RECORDS)

SIMON, JASON - A VENERABLE WRECK 143012
Format:
1 LP
Release:
13.11.2020
Label:
BYM RECORDS
Kat.-Nr.:
143012
Barcode:
5055869588577
Jason Simon, vocalist from the Washington D.C psych-rockers Dead Meadow, returns to his solo endeavours with a pristine and bucolic album that guides his versatile guitar signature through a dreamy and yearning lyrical universe.

In one of his clearest efforts to date, A Venerable Wreck brings together ideas from his band's records displayed on a new instrumental dimension close to country music, giving a gloomy colour palette to his narrative.

After several albums with Dead Meadow on labels like Matador and Xemu Records (his band's own music imprint), Simon, surrounded by new collaborators, is adventuring into distant lands and releasing his solo album through Chilean BYM Records (Föllakzoid, Chicos de Nazca, The Ganjas) who recently celebrated 10 years of existence.

Jason became impressed with the label and decided he wanted to work with them during a visit to the country in 2016, when Dead Meadow played a festival and some shows at the record label.

In the last couple of years, in between releasing records, Jason recorded the new songs at several studios in his resident city, Los Angeles CA.

Working with a number of musicians, including Nate Ryan of The Black Angels, Plucky Anchondo of The Warlocks, Jeff Davies (from BJM in 'The Red Dust') and Mark Laughlin, his band-mate in Dead Meadow, the songs were recorded with a determined direction, giving room to a melting pot of arrangements that brings to life tales and well-constructed poems from the likes of Leonard Cohen, delivering ballad and epic poems on "primera persona".

Album opener "The Same Dream" sets the mood and context for the songs to come - a country-fantasy that cuts to the bone with an emotive banjo marking tempo and measures; while "See What It Takes" demonstrates Jason's growth as a troubadour, giving importance to the vocals and message.

Metaphors and allegories are recited in "Snowflakes are Dancing" and "Doors Won't Shut Blues" followed by soft wah-wah solos and subtle tremolo infused guitars, which gravitate along the record, providing transient and surrealistic vibes.

"No Entrance No Exit" and "Hollow Lands" move the country mood along, never losing the author's idea or drama.

The song "A Venerable Wreck" is the black sheep of the album. But it is this song which connects both sides of the record and showcases the complexities of the songwriter, one who is unwilling to compromise his vision simply to conform to the obvious.

a songwriter who is not content to be pigeonholed into a single style or genre and can close an album with a song like the college-rock track, "Without Reason or Right'.
 
  • Tracklisting
  • 1.1. THE SAME DREAM
  • 1.2. SEE WHAT IT TAKES
  • 1.3. SNOWFLAKES ARE DANCING
  • 1.4. THE RED DUST
  • 1.5. MOMENTS OF PEACE
  • 1.6. JUPITER
  • 1.7. A VENERABLE WRECK
  • 1.8. THE OLD ONES
  • 1.9. NO ENTRANCE NO EXIT
  • 1.10. DOOR WON'T SHUT BLUES
  • 1.11. HOLLOW LANDS
  • 1.12. WITHOUT REASON OR RIGHT