Thursday, February 9, 2017
"Jason F." : THE WEEKEND MIX
(This was originally posted in January of 2013. The positive reaction to yesterday's post inspired me to reup this baby. Feedback is encouraged after listening.)
If you're not familiar with Jason Falkner's work, I think it may be time to get acquainted. There is a whole lot of genius just waiting to be heard on the few records that boast Falkner's name.
The one thing that seems to turn up in so many of Jason's songs, the thing that will invariably make my ears twitch and my heart pump with a bit more purpose, is that subtle and often unexpected turn in the melody. Whether it's that triumphant "Yeah yeah" in "Afraid Himself To Be," or that last burst of energy on the final chorus of "Follow Me," or a harmony where there originally wasn't, like on his version of "Pretty Ballerina." Or those slow builds of harmony on each subsequent verse of "Both Sides Now," Falkner always finds a way to brand every tune.
Take "Moving Up," from his E.P. "Bliss Descending," a song that effortlessly glides along as Falkner calmly and earnestly conveys his wants and needs. Come the last chorus run and he's all in. There are layers of sound everywhere and it never feels like there is too much. Jason Falkner is a very smart musician, pushing all the right buttons and always keeping the listener on guard.
It would be lazy to simply describe Jason Falkner as a singer-songwriter. It would also be just as lazy to call his music power pop, though I guess it is pop music with a lot of power.
He has covered songs by the following artists:
The Left Banke
Be Bop Deluxe
He has toured with Cheap Trick and French techno-pop duo Air and you will even find Jason's name on a Paul McCartney record or two.
You will hear any one of those artists in his original songs, quite often a few at the same time.
I've put together a playlist that features ten originals and five covers.
Please listen the way you would listen to something you already know and love, and then go and buy everything, which really isn't that much.
Burning Airlines Give You So Much More
Maybe The Universe
Afraid Himself To Be
Jet Silver & the Dolls Of Venus
See You Again
Play Myself Some Music
All God's Creatures
Both Sides Now