© 2021 WFIT
Public Radio for the Space Coast
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations

Jonathan Wilson On World Cafe

Jonathan Wilson's first album is titled <em>Gentle Spirit</em>.
Jonathan Wilson's first album is titled <em>Gentle Spirit</em>.

Jonathan Wilson is practically overflowing with music, if his debut album Gentle Spirit is any indication. The album runs 78 minutes, with several songs spanning more than six minutes. That's a lot of material for a debut, but Wilson is no newbie — he's worked with the likes of Elvis Costello, Robbie Robertson and Jackson Browne.

Gentle Spiritgot its start in Laurel Canyon, the famous L.A. mecca for folk, and Wilson's efforts to re-create the classic canyon sound fill the record. The album was written in between performances, on the road, and with a conscious effort to capture a "dreary day in the canyon," as Wilson put it. The result is a mesmerizing slice of dreamy pop which also incorporates country and rock 'n' roll. Wilson carefully focuses on the instrumentation, often using his voice as a quiet piece of his compositions.

Copyright 2020 XPN. To see more, visit XPN.