Chasing Jonah
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Chasing Jonah

Jacksonville, FL | Established. Jan 01, 2012 | SELF

Jacksonville, FL | SELF
Established on Jan, 2012
Band Alternative Pop

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Nov
04
Chasing Jonah @ Atmosphere Bar

Tallahassee, Florida, United States

Tallahassee, Florida, United States

Oct
28
Chasing Jonah @ Isis Restaurant & Music Hall

Asheville, North Carolina, United States

Asheville, North Carolina, United States

Oct
27
Chasing Jonah @ Bean Tree Café

Lynchburg, Virginia, United States

Lynchburg, Virginia, United States

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“It’s a gorgeous song detailing a life-changing decision Ashley Dudukovich (Chasing Jonah) made, moving well beyond her comfort zone and out into the world, both physically and emotionally. The music is beautiful, but it’s the lyrics that stay with the listener, grabbing hold and propelling them into Dudukovich’s world. Her story is relatable and she digs deep into herself for just the right words to tell it.” - Kat Coffin


“Chills. That’s the way to start out a listen to new music if I had to choose one. A feeling that you’re about to hear something spectacular, something dynamic, something new. From the moment that lead singer Ashley Dudukovich started to sing on the new album Prelude by herself & her band Chasing Jonah…I literally had goosebumps, chills, a spine-tingle…I’ve been reviewing music a long, long time now; let me just say this as clearly as I can – when you hear the REAL deal, it’s unmistakable. Ashley, her incredible voice and her incredible songs performed and arranged perfectly…are the REAL deal; this is undeniable and absolutely breathtakingly emotionally satisfying music to listen to.” -


"It Wouldn't Be Right" starts off with a sound that falls easily into the indie/alternative rock genre with delayed guitar reminiscent of the guitar tone on any Coldplay song. Ambient swells fill the space behind the guitar to create a soothing intro for a song with a bit more "umph" than the opening might let on. The main verse/chorus structure on the song is carried by a solid rock backbeat with acoustic guitar and Ashley Dudukovich's supple and agile vocals leading the composition. The lyrics tell the tale of a complicated love story. The subject of the song has clearly done everything to stay in this relationship to utter disappointment. Yet, she opts to take the high road, singly "I'd like to hurt you, but it wouldn't be right." The composition lends itself well to a story of convoluted romance with a blend of melancholy and hope in the musical aesthetic.” -


Chasing Jonah will sing you into the winter with cinematic pop that will astound.
And now my friends you are in for a treat! It is inevitable that as we journey through the cloud that we will encounter a talent that is clearly bubbling under with the force potential of a volcano fit to erupt. I don’t tend towards hyperbole, well, not on here but Chasing Jonah has all the ingredients of art in ascendancy.
Ashley Dudukovich – trading as the band Chasing Jonah does not sound a Floridian. That’s not a slight on a state renowned for oranges but Orlando based Dudukovich could as easily be from the hippest corner of London.
Her sound has all the elements of 2014 London pop chic – direct lyrics, a melodic sense very much of now and a voice that is not content to sit back in the mix but inclined to captivate. This debut is sublime. Pray, click the play button while I prattle on…


Prelude is almost the perfect tale of a 21st century music project. Successfully raising $15,000 last autumn to fund the project from 275 Kickstarter supporters means that an average of $55 was donated. That’s quite the achievement in and of itself and shows that the the democratisation of music through the Internet is a real phenomenon.
One wonders why such a performance didn’t have major labels salivate at this artist’s prospects but perhaps Chasing Jonah’s go-getter attitude shows that the irrelevancy of A&R and the industry in 2014.
So what have we got? An eclectic and cinematic collection of songs that are diverse stylistically but have more continuity than they deserve care of Dudokovich’s vocals.
Cinematic. Yes. A cliché in reviews but only because it’s often true. If not one copy of Prelude is sold then there is surely a place for any of these songs in soundtracks. They are each quite good at painting a visual scene – Miss Lorraine is stylish blues. One is put into a Chicago speak easy enjoying an illicit cocktail with it’s ginormous horn sections and sassy singing.
Run sets a sense of pace an immediacy and romance that would give a credible back drop to the inevitable seen were the male lead has messed up and is suddenly aware of his errors.
The production and arrangements of all these tracks is perfection never distracting from Dudokich’s vocals giving lyrics great context. The musicians behind this project showed great sensitivity – check How – a subtle piano with a faint violin whip up a melancholic atmosphere that truly brings the song into your mind.
There’s a lot of personality in the lyrics of these songs, they must be based on true stories. Only One I’d Sing To is so loaded with emotion I challenge you to listen to it without having a weepy moment.
This is an outstanding collection of songs. I’m not sure the description of Prelude as Indie Rock is correct. I think there’s a lot more going on here. The only criticism I’d offer here is that there is an opportunity for Chasing Jonah to look at edgier pop as there is much by way of mid tempo and balladry here. There is potential for this band to up the tempo.
All in all this is an astonishing debut and lucky folk in the USA can perhaps catch the band or Dudokovich in solo mode across fall and winter. What better soundtrack is there to savor changing seasons and browning trees? -


Discography

"And the Clocks Moved" E.P. 2012

"Prelude" Album 2014

"Paycheck" Single 2015

"War Paint" Single 2016

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Bio

Florida based artist, Chasing Jonah is the Alternative Indie/Pop project and stage name for vocalist & composer, Ashley Dudukovich. Known for her haunting vocals and cinematic compositions, Chasing Jonah has also been musically compared to artists such as Florence and the Machine, Of Monsters and Men, as well as Lana Del Rey. After releasing her debut record, Prelude in 2014, Chasing Jonah began independently touring the Southeast while accumulating the necessary support to continue touring and releasing new material such as her most recent singles, “Paycheck” as well as “War Paint.”

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