Jason Anderson: The Hopeful and the Unafraid
This album takes a stab at capturing some of the energy Jason loves putting into every show he plays, whether there are five or fifty people present. For the most part it succeeds, but to say that these are the "definitive" or "final" or "best" versions of these songs would be unrealistic, it would be straight-up false, actually. Jason says he's come to grips with the fact that it can never be just the way he wants in the studio; that the passionate, in-the-moment rush of doing these tunes in a basement full of singing, sweating friends is where his affection really lies. This is a bittersweet notion, but maybe explains why someone would spend half a decade on the road, trying to connect with people anywhere and everywhere, wanting to make them happy, to make them feel alive
Jason Anderson: The Wreath
Jason Anderson's not had a permanent address since the release of hisSomething/Everything (KLP132) album in 2002. He has been relentlesslytouring the U.S., Canada and Europe, singing and playing and sparking a fireof hope and joy. Every time he leaves a town, he leaves behind friends, fansand some newly converted fanatics. His is a global conversion, one livingroom at a time. The Wreath brings us to a more serene place while chronicling thestruggle it took to get there. Love is in this place, and love lost, and arestless searching haunts the subconscious. One thing that Jason retainedthrough his wandering and constant shifts is his sense of humor. The Wreathabounds in his peculiar whimsy. The Last Jason Anderson album, New England (KLP148) has out-soldSomething/Everything, and the Jason world (ever-expanding) is hungry for TheWreath. Peoples want more Jason Anderson. The Wreath was recorded in Boise,Id., with Jeremy Jensen (proprietor of the local label Coming in Second).Like the previous Jason Anderson and Wolf Colonel (Jason's former stagehandle) albums, most everything is played by Jason himself, with guestappearances by Rachael Jensen, Karen MacDonald and Jeremy Jensen.
Jason Anderson: New England
Jason Anderson (formerly of Wolf Colonel) returns with a studio collaboration with Phil Elverum of the Microphones/Mount Eerie. New England glows with honest songs and the joy of working with friends. K compatriots Calvin Johnson, Khaela Maricich of the Blow, Adam Forkner of Yume Bitsu/[[VVRRSNN]], Mirah and Elverum all contribute to the music and the loose, inspired arrangements. After completely finishing an album in 2002 Anderson decided to return to the studio in the summer of 2003 and re-record the best songs from his last year of performing. The result is Jason at his finest: songs with an evolved writing style and obvious maturity. The off-the-cuff, "first take" sessions were so transcendent that Phil even donated a new Mount Eerie song, "Thanksgiving", to the project, as it was recorded with the same pick-up band and was in line with the album's vision and emotional timbre.
More than anything, New England is a warm, consistent group of songs that reveal themselves more with each listen. Jason's lyrics are focused, endearing examinations of the human experience; of small epiphanies and melancholy yearning. The album sees two musicians--and great friends-- stumbling into something and capturing the moment. Phil Elvrum the producer and craftsman; Jason Anderson the songwriter and lyricist.
Jason Anderson / Wolf Colonel: Something / Everything
With Something/Everything, Anderson, (24 years old, from South Sutton, New Hampshire) has completed his third collection of Wolf Colonel songs, and it is certainly the most ambitious. This music is touching and gentle, yet ragged and torn apart at the same time. Wolf Colonel is Jason Anderson. Jason Anderson is Wolf Colonel, dedicated to noisy pop rockin’ and granulated sugar hookery. The previous Wolf Colonel albums, Vikings of Mint (KLP107) and The Castle (KLP114), were recorded in weeks--if not days-- capturing concise snapshots of Anderson's developing vision and songwriting. Penning all the material and playing the majority of the instruments, the songs ranged from over-the-top power pop to stripped down acoustic introspection; all the while garnering interest and raves from Magnet, NME, the London Times and the Los Angeles Times. For two years, Anderson wrote over 100 songs, recorded three potential records--most of which were discarded--and toured the world alone, playing everywhere from Saskatchewan to Iceland. Casting aside the irony that permeated his earlier shows, the solo concerts became intimate, honest, and exciting affairs, where anything, and everything was possible. Rigorous traveling and passionate performances have started to carve out an ever-growing awareness of Wolf Colonel. For current fans, Something/Everything will be another triumphant step; for those not taken with Jason's previous output, it should serve as a pleasant surprise. Anderson worked with a variety of producers on this, including Phil Elvrum (the Microphones), Calvin Johnson, Adam Forkner (Yume Bitsu), combining these varied studio textures with home four track recordings to come up with the best pop record of the year. From the out of balance “Break the News” to the floating “Astronaut, Astronaut”, the album glows with a relaxed confidence and sincerity. The album's title is, in part, a smiling reference to Todd Rundgren's opus, Something/Anything! and, like Rundgren, Anderson has created an ode to pop music with surprising depth. More than anything, Something/Everything is the sound of an ever-changing artist finding his voice. Straight up.