With The Big Apple being the cultural hotbed that it is, there’s a taste, sound and sight for everyone from everywhere. Today we present you goodness originating from this megapolis. We recommend directing your aural attention towards the debut long-play from NYC-based singer-songwriter Evan Jewett, whose album ‘Don’t Feel To Work’ is being released by Aagoo Records, on Friday, September 14. Ahead of that release, Jewett previewed the single ‘Pink Grout’.
Ranging in tempo and even stylistically, but doing so wonderfully with every step, Evan’s debut solo offering is a winner. Eclectic yet grounded, truly American yet loaded with boundless possibility, the silver glean of the music from this largely under-the-radar artist cannot help but shine through. This album should go over really well with fans of Sparklehorse, Father John Misty, Yo La Tengo and some of the output from Flaming Lips and Beck.
According to Evan Jewett, “The best songs came together with little to no effort. I have little recollection of working on them. The bad ones take forever”.
Evan Jewett is a songwriter and furniture maker living in New York City. His first album under his own name, ‘Don’t Feel to Work’ was recorded piecemeal during stays in various apartments. The record is a stoic patchwork of songs about bloody roommates, detached people stuck inside, and kids wandering the hills.
Growing up in California, Jewett picked up songwriting shortly after convincing his mother to let him drop out of school at age 17. Touring and releasing albums with various bands began immediately after. ‘Don’t Feel to Work’ is the first solo work he has produced since moving to New York City in 2012.
Evan Jewett’s songs never fall into the incidental traps that songwriters often knowingly or unknowingly fall into. Instead, he intentionally takes a more deliberate route that can look familiar but feels very different. This choice has less to do with aesthetic or image, and more to do with the exploration of his own character through song.
He uses a colorful palate to wistfully hypnotize the listener, providing a very stark and honest interpretation of one working class figure trying to carve out some sort of existence inside of a noisy time, a noisy city, and a noisy culture.
This album was recorded by Evan Jewett and Robert Cheek (Band of Horses, Tera Melos), mixed by Robby Moncrieff (Youth Lagoon, Dirty Projectors), and mastered by John Blatchford and Cory Hanson (WAND).
Aagoo Records is home to vinyl releases by Xiu Xiu, Phillip Petit, Eraldo Bernocchi & Chihei Hatakeyama, Lucky Dragons, Philippe Petit, CUP, connect_icut, and The Use. Darto’s Nicholas Merz also recently released his solo debut album ‘The Limits of Men’ through Aagoo.
‘Don’t Feel To Work’ is available via the main online stores and streaming platforms. It is also available in physical format from Aagoo Records’ website at https://aagoo.com/evan-jewett and digitally via Bandcamp at https://aagoo.bandcamp.com/album/evan-jewett-dont-feel-to-work
1. Never Stuck
2. Caught on Earth
3. Pink Grout
4. The Blizzard
5. Late Bloom
7. Alone With You
8. Dust Contest
9. Hopi Circle
10. Clocking Out
All words via Paul Scott-Bates. More of Paul’s writing on Louder Than War can be found at his author’s archive. Paul’s website is hiapop Blog and you can follow him on Twitter here, and on Facebook here.