By Margaret Adams
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Toronto, Canada-based artist Jon Stancer recently released a new single, “These Arms (Won’t Let You Go), which explores themes of disillusionment and loss of childhood innocence. His upcoming EP In Light Of is set to drop on January 21.
Stancer’s EP was influenced heavily by the past two years of chaos and uncertainty experienced by individuals across the globe. For Stancer, the darkness hit particularly close to home. “I personally felt very out of sorts and I could see that others were too. I was privy to breakdowns. A couple of people I knew took their own lives,” he shares.
Mental illness resulting from the pandemic, marital strife, climate change, racial inequality, and systemic inequity are all explored throughout Stancer’s collection in an empathetic, nuanced way.
“These Arms (Won’t Let you Go),” the breathtaking lead single from Stancer’s EP, is grounded by lulling piano, ambient soundscapes and harmonies, and rugged beats, evoking an immediate emotional response.
I did for you
All I can do
You’ll figure it out
You’ll figure it out
In Light Of was recorded at Dan Kurtz’s (Dragonette /theNEWDEAL) studio, theAsylumTO in Toronto, and co-produced by Stancer and Kurtz, and mixed by Sam Jackson Willows, who has also worked with artists Ruby Waters and Tasha Angela. Fans of Radiohead, Noel Gallagher, and Richard Ashcroft will enjoy Jon Stancer’s artful textures and immersive arrangements.
“I actually view this record as a beginning,” Stancer acknowledges. “I wasn’t always as assured as I feel now. Making this record was a particularly cathartic experience for me, not only because I had something to keep me busy and engaged throughout the pandemic, but because I think I found myself as a writer, while also getting some pent up shit out of my system.”
Prior to launching his solo career in 2017, Stancer played guitar for John Southworth, appearing on the critically acclaimed album, Mars Pennsylvania. He also served as one-third of the songwriting trio, Family Ritual.
Stay tuned for the release of Jon Stancer’s new EP In Light Of, which releases January 21.
Margaret Adams is a Psychology major and Rhetoric and Writing minor at The Catholic University of America from New Orleans, Louisiana. In addition to her work with Alchemical, she writes for CUA’s student newspaper, The Tower, and has recently been named Quill Editor. She enjoys reading, writing, and looking at pictures of her dog, Bella.
A songwriter by the age of 15, Karla Bonhoff has been entertaining audiences for decades. Native to Southern California, she came up in the L.A. circuit of the hippie era, where artists such as Jackson Browne, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor and so many others were continuously floating in and out of one another’s orbits. Bonoff and singer/songwriter Livingston Taylor will jointly perform at the Birchmere in Alexandria Dec. 11. Together, they will tackle new and established variations on Christmas favorites, as well as toss in their original tunes.
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