R.A. Jones is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Birmingham, Alabama and recently released New Wave Cave. He is also the frontman and founder of Birmingham based psychedelic rock outfit Saint Aether.
He explains this about the album - “Dark, lonely, quarantine tunes. Although he wrote the music over the span of around eight months. He recorded the final versions of the songs within a week after painting his trademark guitar Windy while under Coronavirus quarantine.”
The EP starts with “Diana” and the music comes in together out of the gate with zero warning. There is a lo-fi indie rock vibe. I was reminded of early recordings of the band Pavement. It’s jangly and loose which is part of its charm. Everything delivered in this sort of nonchalant type of way. It does however feel like jam.
Up next is “Guinevere” which is strummed on a rickety acoustic guitar. The mood here definitely seems to encapsulate more of the lonely vibe he was speaking to. Up next is “Jack” and it is similar in style to the previous song. He does cover his vocals in more reverb here and it sounds somewhat similar to early Bon Iver at times.
“Lou” is a cover done on piano. It's a haunting tune and I loved the lo-fi sound he was able to capture on the piano. He is quite good on and I really loved how he approached this song. “Anna” is a nine-plus-minute ambient piece. There are some vocals towards the end of the song which are infused with some blues flavor. He ends with “Everyone” which is a little more sensual than anything that came before.
This is a solid collection of lo-fi tunes which all have a slightly different flavor. I thought some of the songs grew on you with repeated listens. Recommended.
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