Written by: Jen Dan
Washington state resident Jonathan Eads creates introspective electronic/ambient music under the contractive moniker Jeads. He recently released his second downtempo album, Under the Veneer, which follows up debut full-length Nocturnal Signal.
Jeads captures the solitude and solace of the natural Pacific Northwest region (think still, crystalline air and snow-laden pines) on his soundscapes, utilizing guitars, synthesizers, electronics, and sample-based field recordings.
The found sounds of the frozen winter atmosphere of Jeads’ Bellingham environs are present in his music, which is embellished with an antique music box. The complexities of memory and a sense of belonging are undercurrents that gently ripple through the tunes.
Jeads reveals, “I dug deep into… field recording work on this album. The main instrument, a sampled old rusty music box I’ve had for years, provided a lot of the harmonic and emotive inspiration. All of the rhythmic and percussive sounds on the album come from a set of field recordings I took after a giant snow storm in March of 2019.”
Jeads foray into the musical realm occurred when he studied classical and jazz guitar, and he then trekked down a different path with his focus on electronic music, sound design, and incorporating the natural world into his work.
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