Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/producer Jonathan Wilson (Father John Misty, Karen Elson, Conor Oberst), returns with his third solo release. Titled Rare Birds, is released 2nd March on Bella Union and features contributions from Father John Misty, Lucius, Lana Del Rey, and New Age music legend Laraaji.
Wilson has shared a first track from the album, the epic “Over The Midnight”, with an accompanying video directed by Andrea Nakhla. Of the video Nakhla says: “I wanted the visual to mirror the dreamy lyrical landscape of the tune. The stunning 3D animations by Clara Luzian were a perfect match for feel of the song.”
Watch the video below.
Of “Over The Midnight”, Wilson says, “I wanted to write a song about a sacred place for lovers to exist and I named that destination, process, mood or feeling ‘Over the Midnight’. It’s a place where nothing is savage.”
A highly sought after record producer, North Carolina native Wilson had a busy 2017 producing Father John Misty’s Grammy nominated Pure Comedy and touring arenas around the globe as a guitarist and vocalist for Pink Floyd legend Roger Waters (for whom he also contributed to the also Grammy nominated Is This The Life We Really Want? album). Wilson also saw widespread acclaim heaped on Karen Elson’s sophomore LP Double Roses, which he recorded with her in Los Angeles in 2016. But 2018 looks to be even more active as he’ll be continuing on with the worldwide Waters tour, releasing Rare Birds and completing a headline tour of US and Europe in the spring.
Although much of the album is comprised lyrically of meditations on a failed relationship and its aftermath, Wilson insists that Rare Birds is not really a concept album. “It’s meant more as a healing affair, a rejuvenation, a reconciliation, for others, and for me. I wanted to balance personal narrative with the need I feel for calming, healing music. I think we need journeys in sound, psychedelic gossamer-winged music, to incite hope, positivity, longing, reckless abandon and regret. It’s all in there.”
Rare Birds was produced by Jonathan Wilson and engineered by Dave Cerminara at Wilson’s own Fivestarstudios in Echo Park, Los Angeles.
Album artwork and tracklisting below:
Trafalgar Square ^
Over The Midnight
There’s a Light ^
Rare Birds ^
49 Hairflips *
Loving You +
Living With Myself #
Hard To Get Over
Hi Ho The Righteous
^ backing vocals by Lucius
* backing vocals by Josh Tillman/Father John Misty
+backing vocals by Laraaji
# backing vocals by Lana Del Rey
2018 will see Wilson playing nearly 100 shows all over the world with Roger Waters and performing his own headline and festival appearances wherever, and whenever he can fit them in. But first, he’ll wrap up this year with a short run of shows in Los Angeles in December; performing three consecutive nights – billed as ‘Jonathan Wilson with Band, Friends and Strings’ at The Moroccan Lounge in Los Angeles, CA on December 21, 22 and 23. These shows are now sold out with a handful of tickets for press available on request. A newly announced headline tour for March and April includes the below UK & European shows:
Wednesday 14th March – GLASGOW – Oran Mor
Thursday 15th March – DUBLIN – Whelans
Friday 16th March – LEEDS – Brudenell Social Club
Saturday 17th March – BRIGHTON – Concorde 2
Monday 19th March – LONDON – Omeara
Tuesday 20th March – LONDON – Omeara
Wednesday 21st March – PARIS – Point Ephemere
Saturday 24th March – AMSTERDAM – Melkweg Upstairs Theatre
Sunday 25th March – BRUSSELS – AB Club
Tuesday 27th March – COLOGNE – Stadtgarten
Wednesday 28th March – BERLIN – Privatclub
Thursday 29th March – HAMBURG – Nochtspeicher
Saturday 31st March – COPENHAGEN – Vega Small
Sunday 1st April – STOCKHOLM – Bryggarsalen
Tuesday 3rd April – OSLO – Parkteatret Scene
Rare Birds will be released 2nd March via Bella Union.