J.E. SUNDE - JAWHAR
WhenTue. 24 Oct, 2023
OrganiserNada Booking & Botanique
"J.E. Sunde est de retour avec un nouvel album remarquablement interprété"
J.E Sunde (Jonathan Edward Sunde), a songwriter based in Minneapolis, MN USA, will be releasing his fourth album, “Alice, Gloria and Jon” on June 16, 2023. Lyrically, the songs explore the strange and surprising experience of being an adult over arrangements centered around groove and the combination of synthesizers and acoustic instruments.
Recorded in Eau Claire, WI at the Bungaleau by J.E Sunde’s longtime collaborator, Shane Leonard, the two endeavored to create a songwriter record drawing influence from krautrock, JJ Cale, and 80s synth pop. After a flurry of smaller collaborative releases in 2021 that explored a wide range of musical styles, “Alice, Gloria and Jon” will be J.E Sunde’s first full length release since 2020’s “9 Songs About Love.”
Jawhar has created his own signature style of Arabic folk-pop music that one could probably describe as midway between Arab chaâbi and Nick Drake’s dreamy folk lullabies. After “When Rainbows call, My Rainbows fly”, his first album hailed by the press as a « mind-blowing debut by a song-writing prodigy » (Les Inrockuptibles, FR).
In addition to a growing love for a certain Nick Drake who will draw him irrevocably to impressionist folk music. Subsequently he writes his first songs and plays his first concerts. He then performs solo opening acts for artists such as Susheela Raman, Boubacar Traore or Keziah Jones. Shortly after the Belgian release of his first album, Jawhar and Belgium adopt one another.
Tasweerah (62TV/PIAS - march 2022) is the fourth album of Jawhar. The album is a series of freeze-frames of more or less personal portraits. The songs are, each in their own way, attempts towards a universal portrait of the artist. They question his place and that of imagination in society, placing “creation and the quest for beauty” at the center of the album. Voluntarily raw, Tasweerah takes us back into the folk / pop “clair-obscure” of Jawhar, proclaimed in the category Arabic Dream Pop.