New EP, Awake, Released Today!

Today, after almost 5 long years of work, I have finally released my alternative rock EP, “Awake.” Between college, a job, relationships, and learning much about the recording equipment and software that I have and trying to fine tune each part of every song pretty much completely on my own, it took me much longer than I had originally anticipated to get some music out featuring my vocals. But the moment has finally come, and I’m extremely happy! You can listen to it all here:

https://flagasun.bandcamp.com/album/awake

Now that’s it’s out, there’s still a lot of work to be done: videos, promotion, and maybe even a live show or two sometime in the future! I’ll keep you guys updated, for sure.

“Awake” Lyrics

As promised, here are the lyrics for the title track from my upcoming EP release!

“Awake”

Verse:

Trees form the canopy

Straight lines in front of me

Normally they stray my path

Dear God, I wish they hadn’t

I’ve walked a lonely road

How dare you say that I am no one

I beg to differ

If only I could resist her

I would be free…

Chorus:

I lie awake and find (x3)

Another one is missing

“Nineteenth Hour”

Confusion – when taken in as a whole
Doesn’t really make any sense at all
I hope that, one day, you will learn to fly
Far away from things that trouble you and I

The answer’s at your fingertips
Waiting for you to take hold
The nineteenth hour brings a wintry sunset
Another one that I’ll spend alone

Ignorance – built up and packed too full inside
Doesn’t really help with that sense of pride
I hope that, one day, you’ll be on my side
And we’ll fix the things that trouble you and I

The answer’s at our fingertips
Waiting for us to take hold
The nineteenth hour brings a wintry sunset
Another one that we’ll spend at home

“Do you?”

Do you want to be more?

The rain falls down
but I look up
The pain sets in – I seem to need that drug
Sympathy
was taken from me
I’ve found a way for you to finally see

A closed mouth catches no flies
How long will it take for you to realize
not everyone here cares for what you say?
A sharp tongue will leave you alone
You’ve done this all on your own
Not everyone here cares for what you think

First Single Released Today!

Hey everybody!

Yesterday, I posted a quick poll asking what you wanted to hear: a catchy acoustic song or a more ominous, progressive song. The results were quite clear. For the most part, you asked for the catchier, happier route, so that is what you shall receive! You can stream “Those Eyes Are Mine” exclusively from my ReverbNation page, and, if you’re willing to provide me with a small bit of info to join my mailing list, you can download a free MP3 copy of the song for use with iTunes or any other listening platform that your heart desires.

I really appreciate all of the support and feedback everyone has given me so far! It’s very encouraging. Thank you so very much for listening, and keep your eyes peeled for more news as we near the full EP release on October 28th!

Thanks again,

Jonathan

You Decide! Single Release Tomorrow (10-13)

I’ve narrowed it down to 2 songs that I feel represent my music best, but I need your help deciding on which to release as the first single! I want to know: do you want a stripped down acoustic song with a catchy chorus, or a darker, moodier song that progressively builds to a melodic industrial rock finish?

Track Listing for “Awake” EP

InitiativeSome of you may be familiar with a couple of the songs on the upcoming release, but very few people have heard the finished product. I’ve made some exciting changes to the composition of each of these songs, and the mastered versions that I have now I am very happy with. I guess the point that I’m trying to get to is that there is something new for everyone to hear on this EP, and I can’t wait for everyone to hear how far my music has come! Here’s the track listing:

  1. Awake
  2. Those Eyes Are Mine
  3. A Kink
  4. A Thoughtful Calling

Keep an eye out over the next few days for the lyrics to these songs! The ordering of the songs is actually also reflective of the chronological order in which they were written. In a way, they represent the story of my life over the past few years. That wasn’t even a conscious decision that I made! It’s kinda funny how things work out like that sometimes.

New Artwork for “Awake” EP

Front Cover

Cover art for my Awake EP, due out Oct. 28.

So I’ve finally got the cover art finished for the upcoming release of my new EP, “Awake.” I took this photo a couple of years ago while staying in Cascais, which is a small town on the coast of Portugal. The views in this beautifully exotic town definitely awakened my creativity, and I think it’s a fitting visualization of the ideas behind the music in this collection of songs.

I chose the title “Awake” for several reasons. The song is the first to appear on the EP, and this is because it was the first song I ever recorded. I spent probably well over a hundred hours (maybe two hundred!) between writing, tweaking, and rewriting parts of this song, and recording and then re-recording those parts over the course of the past 5 years. Along the way, I was learning how to use the recording equipment and software that I had available, and learning how to somewhat-properly apply different recording techniques. This song signaled an “awakening” of my true interest in music and the recording aspect of it, and I did a lot of growing as an artist and as an individual in the production of this song. As a result, it’s my favorite recording to date, and the one I’m most proud of. I’d love to know in the comments who all would be interested in hearing a snippet of it before the official release date. I’m definitely excited for people to finally hear what I’ve been working on!

Please, keep an eye on this site over the next few weeks! I’ll post lyrics to each song in the lead up to the release, along with some other cool stuff to keep everyone in the loop! Thanks for all the interest this project is getting!