"Strange Currents is a pretty ambitious musical journey. These 23 tracks are a series of postcards from the places I've been emotionally and geographically these last two years. The songs on this record began amidst personal crisis, and the melodies capture the joy, the heartbreak, and longing of life. The sounds capture my love for melody and experimentation, my fixation with pop hooks and electronic tinkering. The album looks good too, featuring art from renown Spanish artist Conrad Roset (www.conradroset.com
). I was also able to work with one of my favorite musicians Ronnie Martin (Joy Electric, the Faint, Deer & the Headlights) to finish up the record.These songs are melodies for us to sing together, dreaming for a better world."
A Shadeland Sounds release (www.shadelandsounds.com
released 23 October 2012
Recorded August, 2010 to February 2012 in Frostburg, Maryland; Miami, Florida; and Limerick, Ireland.
Produced and mixed by Jonathan Shadel
Mastered by Ronnie Martin
Brave the River is Jonathan Shadel and a revolving cast of friends.
All songs by Jonathan Shadel.
Jonathan Shadel: Vocals, acoustic and electric guitar, acoustic and electric bass, violin, mandolin, wind wand, tin flute, synthesizer, piano, organ, sampling, programming, percussion, claps, snaps, and beats
Jerry Oviedo: Sitar and banjo
Jon Felton: Ethnic drums on “This Dying Age” and “The Gates of Jericho”
Amy Fabbri: Additional vocals
Quentin Debelloir: Electric guitar on “Just Daydreaming”
Sophie Dupont: Additional vocals on “Just Daydreaming”
Tim Chaplin: Some drum loops on “Burden to Cary”
Art and Design:
Cover art by Conrad Roset (www.conradroset.com
Poster by Quentin Debelloir
Layout by Laura Marie
To God, the great mystery, paradox, and love. To Mom and Dad. To the memory and life of Grandma Alice Bittner (1921-2012). To the friends who played on this record. To the friends who joined me on this journey towards eternal love. And an extra special thanks to everyone that supported this project on Kickstarter (in no hierarchical order): Agathe Lairy, Amy Fabbri, Steven E. Martin, Chris Loar, Erin Schreiber, Sam Wright, Mark Smith, Jacob and Somers Compton, Eric Huynh, Rebecca Chippendale, Melissa Meler, Renee O'Farrell, Margot Coutaud, Robert S. Shaffer, David Manthos, Heidi Shadel, Dale Shadel, John Jankosky, Susan Stewart, Kimberly Comer, John Staskevich, Simon, and Dmitry Trakovsky.