Eric Jon is a self-taught, New York City-based songwriter, producer, engineer and multi-instrumentalist. He released his debut LP Let It Go, at the end of December 2019. Jon cites a broad range of musical influences, including Pink Floyd, Radiohead, Nine Inch Nails and Coldplay. On Let It Go, he combines them in a way that’s familiar and approachable while still providing his unique touch.
Jon starts off strong with “You” which hooks us with a peppy kick/clap pattern. We’re headed to the dance floor while synths build underneath. Soon enough though, the harmonies and tones turn darker. We’re not in for a sunshine-and-rainbows debut on Let It Go. Against the gloomy lyrics, Jon gives us beautiful, round synth tones against an acoustic guitar, while keeping us moving to the pulsing beat.
“You” and the next track run together. The cicada-like synth tones at the end of “You” morph through the beginning of “Deep” a dreamlike pondering whose backwards loop sounds recall Revolver-era Beatles. The cicadas return for another smooth transition into the title track, which is a straightforward, poppy acoustic guitar/drum/bass number. Jon adds some nice guitar lines, and adds extra synth textures to give the genre a modern update.
It’s worth noting that the synth work shines throughout the whole album. He uses similar synth sounds across tracks to offer continuity between tracks, giving the album coherence, while each song still has its own individual texture. Jon shows skill in creating a variety of percussion sounds and feels as well. You’re never bored listening to Let It Go.
The hit, if radio finds him, would be “Take It Slow.” Jon grabs us with another kick/clap beat that builds in a syncopated guitar progression, an ‘80s video-game synth lead, and a sing-along chorus. The piano-driven breakdown segues into a dance-club ending. It’s a magnificent track, start to finish.
Jon gives us a slower one next. “Weight” IS an arpeggio-driven mid-tempo meditation. The arpeggios continue on “Dreaming Tree” but here the soothing guitar challenges us with some dissonance. It’s an uneasy dream, as the guitars get a little weirder, then Jon moves us to a Nine Inch Nails-like nightmare of distorted, dark, angry chords under the whispery vocals.
We awake from the nightmare with the ukelele-driven, breezy “Don’t You Wait” which is a pleasure to listen to, but all too short. “I Love You” is next with a piano-drive progression that evokes Ben Folds.
Jon’s influences are clear on “2:22” where the verse evokes Coldplay’s “Yellow” but here there’s a much more interesting middle section. Again Jon uses the synth sounds to connect this track with the next, the instrumental “Time For A Sunset.” “Time For A Sunset” builds up from a dreamy wash, adding drums and guitar as the pace picks up.
While Jon doesn’t list Ben Folds as an influence, the final track “Pearls Above the Sky” has lyric and melody that Folds would be proud to have on one of his records. This piano-driven song, with a pulsing synth bass, is the pick of the mid-tempo numbers on the LP, and the one I find myself playing on repeat.
Let It Go is flat-out terrific, start to finish. Eric Jon has given us a varied sonic delight that will have you finding new favorites every time you spin it.
We are dedicated to informing the public about the different types of independent music that is available for your listening pleasure as well as giving the artist a professional critique from a seasoned music geek. We critique a wide variety of niche genres like experimental, IDM, electronic, ambient, shoegaze and much more.
Are you one of our faithful visitors who enjoys our website? Like us on Facebook