“Music like Wilson’s has to come from the heart to work properly, has to be an extension of the musician playing it, and it’s apparent that this is the case here…Two thumbs, way up.” —Esquire
Nowness recenlty premiered Jonathan Wilson’s new music video for “Love to Love”, and the video can be streamed and shared on YouTube. Directed by Grant James and Magdalena Wosinska in collaboration with Robert Carl Cohen (the director of the 1967 documentary Mondo Hollywood), the video is for a song off Wilson’s new album Fanfare, out now on Downtown Records and available on iTunes. The album is garnering critical acclaim: KPCC hails the album as “glorious… These aren’t songs so much as mini-pop-symphonies” and The London Times raves “Fanfare has a serene quality that acts as a tonic for a frenetic age.” The album features vocal and instrumental contributions from Graham Nash, David Crosby, Jackson Browne, Josh Tillman (aka Father John Misty), Wilco’s Patrick Sansone, and Dawes’ Taylor Goldsmith, as well as Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench from Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers. The music video for antoher album track “Dear Friend”. To celebrate the album’s release, Wilson will embark on a North American tour including stops in New York, Boston and Chicago; please see complete dates below. Fanfare follows the success of Jonathan Wilson’s critically acclaimed 2011 debut Gentle Spirit, which was hailed by SPIN as “intricately produced and gently epic” and praised by Rolling Stone for its “gorgeously detailed folk-rock ambles.” Wilson recorded Fanfare with engineer Bryce Gonzales over a nine-month period at Wilson’s Fivestar Studios in Echo Park. The album features Wilson’s regular band members: Richard Gowen (drums), Dan Horne (bass), Omar Velasco (guitar) and Jason Borger (piano/organ). “There is a high degree of musical prowess and pedigree here. Cross-generational musical sharing and passing down traditions is very important to me and something that must continue,” Wilson says. “This is the way you keep the fanfares blowing. This is how you keep the energies interacting.” Born and raised in North Carolina and now based in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, Jonathan Wilson arrived in Laurel Canyon in 2005 and is credited with helping to revive the neighborhood’s once-legendary music scene. As a sought-after producer, Wilson’s recent work includes albums by Father John Misty and Dawes.