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"Hape's sound defies easy description, pulling from many genres, but his reverb-drenched vocals tie his tracks together. Sounding like something from Audrey Horne's jukebox, his multitracked vocals echo dreamily off in the distance even as entire songs shimmer, mirage-like" ~ Round Magazine
"Catchy to the easily uninterested listener. [Four Stars] ****" ~ Cincinnati Examiner
"Jonathan Hape has written a wonderfully lo-fi/dream pop album that is as catchy as it is vivid. PLACES is candy to your ears, a sweet treat for rainy days and spirited nights. Do yourself a favor, download and listen generously." ~ dingusonmusic.com
"Drags you in a pastel flooded colour day... 60's style and vagrant attitude" ~ soundinjections.com
Live at the Southern Theatre:
We Were The Sky: youtu.be/BG0Z1l3Aa3c
Whirling Dervish: www.youtube.com/watch?v=keB_zcPLOAA
PLACES by Jonathan Hape is the follow up to 2009's Carnivore. Taking a much different approach than Carnivore, Hape made this record decidedly simple, ambient, electronic, and very automatic. In 2010 he abandoned recordings of what will be known as Color Wounds, the intended follow up, and started the new wave group Room & Board (then known as Honeymoon). During this, visions of Color Wounds grew, as well as his interest in Hinduism. While recording the material for a second time, Hape found a clearer vision, as well as a sharper view, than that which he was presenting. What started as a distraction and a writing experiment turned into PLACES. Recording would take place throughout August 2012, mixed in September, mastered in October.
PLACES deals with personal subjects such as indecision, lack of clarity, faith, remorse, and an overall winning optimism even in heartache. On a larger, more philosophical scale, the album's recording and presence is an example of the duality of all things and the third unity, or realization, or escape (Moksha) they create when understood as equal separate and whole. Symmetry in LRC panning, play on words and lyrical style, standard song structures, and the repetitive beats all add up to a larger philosophy on the structure of all things, and within that structure, the struggle leading to something of great purpose.
all songs were recorded with a 1981 American Fender Bullet plugged directly into a Presonus Firepod using Amp Modeler on Logic Pro 9. Hondo p bass copy with flatwounds. Lowry electric organ. Vocals were recorded with a Shure 57, hand held. Structure and theme.
Read what Round Magazine says about Jonathan:
Read what Dingus had to say about PLACES:
Read what Sound Injections had to say about the song Buttons:
Read what Almost Famous said about PLACES:
Read what the Cincinnati Examiner wrote about PLACES:
if you can read Japanese, then read what Warszawa wrote here:
and if you can read Italian, read what Hidden Sounds said on both PLACES and Carnivore: