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The Jason Sees Band

Seattle, Washington, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2013 | SELF

Seattle, Washington, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2013
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"Jason Sees Band Conjure Enjoyable Acoustic Indie Pop on ‘Monochrome EP’"

Everyone is familiar with the famous chocolatier and sweets-maker Sees’ Candies. Who didn’t ask for chocolate cigars for Christmas growing up? Well let me introduce another Sees equally as sweet and enjoyable to the senses. Jason Sees Band is a Seattle, Washington-based five-piece that produce dreamy, acoustic indie pop tunes. December 2015 saw the release of Monochrome EP, the first of three EPs in a series.

The opening track “Half of Mine” is an overcast trip to the coast. Like waking up in a slightly sandy bed with the smell of the ocean at the edge of your awareness. Sees’ voice captures the sleepy essence of time well-spent, and is balanced by a simple backing track of reverb-soaked electric guitar, drum machine, and some lo-fi synth. Sees co-wrote the track with the band’s guitar player Alex Willson.

The EP picks up with the second track, when a ukulele is introduced in the hook-laden, toe-tapper “Us Three.” The resulting sound could be described as Neon Trees meets Jack Johnson. “In Memories” continues the use of the ukulele, but this time takes on a melancholy, ghostly sound, paired with simple guitar and cloudy keyboard riffs.

Next up is the EP’s title track “Monochrome.” It is a slow, thoughtful, dreamy acoustic guitar ballad that gradually builds as the recurring reverb soaked guitar and lo-fi sounds are added to the mix. The result can be compared to Fountains of Wayne with an early Shins feel.

The EP ends on a second track called “Monochrome (Joe’s Redux).” If the first version of “Monochrome” was dreamy, this version is almost nightmarish in an art film kind of way. Think dark winding hallways, flickering street lamps, cemeteries, etc. The song leaves the EP feeling almost unfinished, like the end of a movie that ends on a cliffhanger, which is perhaps a lead into their next EP.

The collection of songs is a perfect representation of the diverse sounds Jason Sees Band is capable of creating. Like a chocolate assortment box of Sees’ Candies! - NorthWest Music Scene


Discography

Jason Sees - My View (2009)

Jason Sees Music - A New Perspective (2012)

Jason Sees Band - A Single Frame Passing Through the Light (2014)

Jason Sees Band - Monochrome EP (2015)

Jason Sees Band - Grizzly Bear EP (2017)

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Jason Sees Band's fifth installment has essentially re-defined their sound. A light hearted, electric guitar driven, rock collection. It sharply contradict Jason's usual themes of solace and introspection. Troubadour roots be dammed, Jason rocks here and Seattle's indie music community is finally showing signs of coming to life. "I tried to lighten up the conceptualization. I picked up my 335 and haven't put it down" Jason says, as we catch up back stage before a show at High Dive, Seattle, WA. "These are all contributing factors to this new direction of music. But I tried to hold on to my roots while progressing, in the middle of some of the more light hearted songs you will still here my usual rhetorical style for those that care to listen." I have seen Jason Sees Band perform before, I was enamored at the attention and focus the crowds give him, he draws them in to his world. This time was a little different, driving beats and songs about doing the robot dance had the crowd bobbing and weaving, feet stomping, and drinks spilling. It is a fun departure and one well deserved by the band. "My band has been with me through a lot, put up with a lot of troubadour introspection and heart ache. I owed them some songs to let loose on. And that is just what we did." Jason isn't wrong, dance beats and guitar amps, bass lines walk and synths grind and swirl. Robot Dance EP has a little bit of something for everyone and we suggest you listen up. Jason Sees Band has been at it for a while, releasing new music consistently on cue. It is clear that in an indie music scene of similar's, Jason Sees Band is taking a left and going the wrong way down a one way street. We like Robot Dance EP and think you will too. It is available everywhere there's music, 3/23/2018. - The Vinyl Street Lamp, 2018

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