The Mississippi-based composer and full-time church organist/director Jameson Nathan Jones is back with new music and released today his debut full-length album "What Dreams May Come", which was like all previous works recorded in his attic and partly in the First-Trinity Presbyterian Church in his hometown Laurel.
This conceptional album is the follow-up to some of Jameson Nathan Jones musical projects that were created by him and his little ensemble in the last months. In 2016 he collaborated with his good cellist friend, Otávio Kavakama and presented the world his first official release - the five-track EP "Past & Present", which is a collection of electronic, ambient and modern classical sketches and impromptus. In the same year, he has started his synth-series "Evolution", where he "indulge[d] [his] love for synthesizers" and teamed up on one of those tracks with the Traveler. With "Sentimental Waltz" followed his third project this year. It is a medley of three little waltzes were all inspired by French composer Maurice Ravel and his "Valses Nobles et Sentimentales" and seen the light of day on the "Piano Day" in March.
But what is the idea and magic behind his latest concept album "What Dreams May Come"?
I knew I wanted to make a conceptual album in a singles culture. You can listen to each part individually, but it really takes on a new meaning when you listen to the work as a whole." - Jameson Nathan Jones
Last weeks "Isolated" and now the new Jameson Nathan Jones album. In times of the single culture and confusing release strategies (mostly in the Hip Hop Genre) it is good to see that the idea and philosophy of a conceptual album is still live.
While Roberto Attanasio thematized on his latest album "Isolation" and "Separation" follows Nathans new album "What Dreams May Come" a dream sequence from the first to the last note. A dream sequence that is for Nathan sometimes blurry, vague or indistinctly and in other moments full of clarity. Those different shades of a dream gave this conceptual album its musical vastness and variety of different little musical motives like the crackling opening sounds in the first track "What Dreams May Come" and the last piece "Reprise", which were made with a grocery bag or the intense metallic percussions in "6117" and the powerful "Awake".
On his other pieces, he accented the dream sequences with his string trio (Samuel Rolim, Diana Elizabeth Arguijo, Alvaro Miranda Gamarra) or created with his synths and his Rhodes more blurry, noisy and sometimes darker soundscapes. Those ambient strains of sound were also the foundation of the only vocal piece on this recording - the enchanting "Fallen" with the wonderful Hannah Sumner and her impressive voice.
The conceptual album is more alive then ever and Nathan underlined that with this work! The artwork like on his other recordings was made by Tim Sandwick and underlines the blurry dream pictures.