Singer / Songwriter / Multi-instrumentalist / Producer / slash whatever else he does Jonathan Wilson is one of those eclectic guys that seems to stay beneath the radar but has his hands in a whole bunch of honey pots. Excited to hear it, Bella Union Records is just released Jonathan Wilson’s debut solo album, Gentle Spirit, on Tuesday, September 13.
The first single from the record, “Desert Raven,” a sprawling, 8 minute epic dusty psych journey which blends of folk, country, rock and roll, psychedelia and pop elements all to create a sense of time and place & maybe space. Its got a classic, timeless almost Steely Dan feel to it.
While writing and recording in Laurel Canyon, CA “Gentle Spirit”, Wilson admits he “ was consciously trying to hit, ‘dreary day in the canyon,’ that was the original concept,” and that’s entirely what Wilson achieved here. Its a bit spaced out, its long, a bit arduous but in the end very gratifying. Its a music lovers piece that is well worth 10 minutes.
Give Desert Raven a listen, and do yourself a favor and buy Gentle Spirit