After releasing two records and a half (given that “Something/Everything” was credited to Jason Anderson/Wolf Colonel) under the “Wolf Colonel” moniker, Jason Anderson decided it was high time to use his own name and not to hide behind a band’s name. This decision lead him to the release of his most sincere, complete, and satisfying record to date, “New England” (K Records).
The album was produced by Phil Elvrum of The Microphones/Mount Eeerie and features 11 songs of warm and cohesive beauty. Anderson wears his heart on his sleeve and lets us into his universe made of thoughtful lyrics, gentle acoustic music, and subtle and intriguing arrangements.
From the inspired duet between Anderson and Elvrum (”You Fall”), where their voices intertwine so perfectly over acoustic guitar strums, piano chords, and drums, to yet another heartbreaking duet between Anderson and Mirah (”A Book Laid on its Binding,” a song written by Joe Knapp of Omaha’s Son Ambulance), New England strikes a chord with me and makes me want to isolate myself from the rest of the world for a couple of hours to truly appreciate the intricacies at work. The wonderful “Hold” even features a gospel-like chorus of what sounds like the entire K Records family singing along . The overall feeling of the album is melancholic and autumnal, and a song written by Phil Elvrum, “Thanksgiving” (this songs is also on The Microphones’ album “Live in Japan, Feb. 19th, 21st and 22nd 2000”) fits in perfectly with the mood, as does the intimate folk rock of such songs as “I Want My Summer Back” and “So Long.”
If you are looking for honest, heartfelt, and beautiful folk rock and indie pop music, all you have to do is head to New England, call a nice guy named Jason Anderson, and enjoy all his wonderful songs!
MP3 Jason Anderson – You Fall
MySpace: Jason Anderson