Jonathan Wilson is set to release his new album 'Fanfare' through Bella Union on October 14th.
Hailed as updating the classic Laurel Canyon sound, in reality Jonathan Wilson is a far more complex, idiosyncratic entity. Sure, there are shades of that pastoral early 70s sound and even psychedelia, but the West Coast artist seems to continually play between influence and identity, tradition and possibility.
The songwriter's Bella Union debut 'Gentle Spirit' was a triumphant success, a tour de force of sunset-hued songcraft. Now Jonathan Wilson is ready to unfurl his next full length, with 'Fanfare' set to be released on October 14th.
"From the initial idea of the record, I knew I wanted a concert Steinway piano to be the centerpiece - the beating heart - of 'Fanfare'. I was going for this sort of 'widescreen' sound" he explains in a press statement. "I wanted strings, horns, vibes, voices, solos, improvisation and a full orchestra on some of the tunes… Having that 9-foot Steinway was central to achieving the sound that I wanted."
Featuring contributions from Graham Nash, David Crosby, Jackson Browne, Josh Tillman (aka Father John Misty), Wilco’s Patrick Sansone, Dawes' Taylor Goldsmith and more, 'Fanfare' certainly seems to be reaching for a lush sound.
Album cut 'Gentle Spirit' is available to stream online, a spiralling, butter-soft piece of artistry which seems to shift and evolve over its seven minute (!) length.
Listen to it now.
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