Jonas Nicholson is a solo singer/songwriter and finger-style guitarist from Syracuse, NY who recently released his fourth album entitled listless amiss. The album consists of guitar and a lead vocal
Nicholson is a technically impressive guitarist who plays into the ’60s style bohemian folk thats is often covered with melancholy and curiosity. He plays with raw emotion in a similar way to an artist such as Kristian Matsson.
He opens with “subsistence” which contains one of the most impressive technical performances. He vocals sound sound clear and solemn. Suffice it to say if you enjoy “subsistence” then you will enjoy the rest of the album. The mood and feeling doesn't change much as the album progresses.
Nicholson seems to be paying homage to the great and late Carl Sagan with “pale blue dot.” There were other songs that stood out to me. “Yesterday” was a darker song but also emotionally resonant and memorable. The most energy you will get is from “pathogenesis” which is fast and effective. He closes with a short song called “here” which is a short solo guitar piece.
The recording was lo-fi and varied amongst songs. I liked the way Nicholson’s vocals were treated but I wanted more clarity from the guitar even if the idea was to go lo-fi. He is a great guitar player and I wanted to hear more of the nuance and detail.
Nicholson is a talent and I wouldn't think twice about seeing him live after hearing his abilities.
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