Jonathan Wilson announces Rare Birds for March 2, 2018

by Woody on December 6, 2017

Photo Credit: Andrea Nakhla

Jonathan Wilson is the goods. He’s a phenomenal guitar player, singer, producer and rumor has it; the man makes a top-notch guacomole as well. Rare Birds will be the follow up to one of my favorite albums of 2013, Fanfare. Father John Misty, Lucius, Laraaji and Lana Del Rey all chipped in to help on this new album. Here’s a little more on the album and the lead track.

Although much of the album is comprised lyrically of meditations on a failed relationship and its aftermath, Wilson insists that Rare Birds is not really a concept album. “It’s meant more as a healing affair, a rejuvenation, a reconciliation, for others, and for me. I wanted to balance personal narrative with the need I feel for calming, healing music. I think we need journeys in sound, psychedelic gossamer-winged music, to incite hope, positivity, longing, reckless abandon and regret. It’s all in there.”

And, for this one, music critics will need to retire the comparisons to heritage rockers and Laurel Canyon troubadours as they’re hardly useful anymore. Wilson’s new sound takes a synthetic/acoustic, best-of-both-worlds analog/digital hybrid approach to achieve the complexity, sonic density and glossy hi-fi coating of Rare Birds. Heard for the first time on a Jonathan Wilson album are the sounds of synthesizers and drum machines.

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