New Album "Nina" by Jonathan Lear

2018-09-11 04:30:37 UTC

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Jonathan Lear released his first short experimental/acoustic/ambient album “Outside Worlds” in December of 2011. Following the reception of some really high and unexpected praise, he began work on a full length album which took approximately two years and two inter-continental trips to write and record. After carrying out a successful crowdfunding campaign via Kickstarter to press the record on vinyl, he released “Memory Well” in March of 2014.

Since Memory Well Jonathan has put out two more one-man-band, instrumental math rock-esque records: “Reflection” (August 2016) and “Nina” (August 2018). While Reflection was very much a sequel to Memory Well, Nina is much more of a tribute to his ex-landlord’s dog Nina. Both albums are available in both digital and physical formats. 

"Nina" is an instrumental math rock journey. Although the few lyrics on the album give away very little, conceptually speaking, the record is in fact Jonathan's attempt to keep up with his landlord's dog: an utterly gigantic, supremely energetic, deaf pit bull / Dalmatian mix named Nina, who he is tasked with walking, feeding, and occasionally babysitting. Long story short, Jonathan peers into Nina's soul and realizes that there is a fully-formed human being inside, and this record is his attempt to capture that humanity in musical form. In doing so, Jonathan realizes that is actually dogs that make us human.

Track List

  • Beef Bucket - 00:54 
  • Horse Dog - 01:38 
  • Tobaccula - 03:14 
  • Nina's Nap - 03:36 
  • Nina's Nightmare - 05:45 
  • Nina, Haley, and Jonathan - 02:32 
  • Fire and Sky - 01:43 
  • Freudian Bebop - 05:54 
  • Clocktower - 03:27 
  • Space Blanket - 03:10 
  • Nina - 03:54 
  • Water Bowl - 00:52


Genre : progressive, rock, acoustic, indie, instrumental, math, Berkeley

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