Born in North Carolina and now located in Los Angeles, Jonathan Wilson has been credited for having a pivotal role in reviving Laurel Canyon’s once prominent music scene. As a sought after producer, he’s worked with Father John Misty, Dawes, and others. His 2011 debut Gentle Spirit was critically acclaimed by the likes Spin Magazine, Rolling Stone, and others.
Fanfare which Downtown Records will release here in the States and MapleMusic Recordings in Canada on October 15 is the follow up to his critically acclaimed debut, and it’ll include contributions from the likes of Graham Nash, David Crosby, Jackson Browne, Father John Misty, Wilco’s Patrick Sansone, Dawes’ Taylor Goldsmith, and Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench from Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers.
“Love to Love” is the first single off the new album, and it reminds me quite a bit of 70s AM rock – and man, the song is so well-written. Him and his backing band sound as though they’re hanging out and jamming on a Sunday afternoon. Lyrically, there are small and beautiful novelistic details throughout – the narrator asking his love interest “to put down that strawberry wine,” while they’re out in the canyons smelling eucalyptus. And the hook is ridiculously catchy.