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"The Ruckus - Jon Bell Is a Lovely Way To Spend a Weekend"

I got the chance to listen to a bit of Jon Bell this weekend and I was hooked by the third track, which happens to be “Mindless Banter”, the one I’m sharing with you today. This track is dreamy and haunting, with an incredible presence. The term singer-songwriter is overused and I roll my eyes a bit when I see it, but this one is worth your time. The vocals are soft and soothing, drawing you into the acoustic plucking and strumming to complete the picture. Make sure to check out Jon’s debut album, What Do You Hear, What Do You Say. - The Ruckus


"The Ruckus - Jon Bell Is a Lovely Way To Spend a Weekend"

I got the chance to listen to a bit of Jon Bell this weekend and I was hooked by the third track, which happens to be “Mindless Banter”, the one I’m sharing with you today. This track is dreamy and haunting, with an incredible presence. The term singer-songwriter is overused and I roll my eyes a bit when I see it, but this one is worth your time. The vocals are soft and soothing, drawing you into the acoustic plucking and strumming to complete the picture. Make sure to check out Jon’s debut album, What Do You Hear, What Do You Say. - The Ruckus


"Sunset in the Rearview - "Fade""

Quaint, subtle, and full of nuances, Jon Bell gives me a really similar vibe to Iron & Wine. Really understated, Bell has the ability to have a gripping effect on you as you listen.
Out of Arlington, Virgina, Bell is a really promising up and comer on the indie folk scene, and I’m excited to see hear his upcoming album, which “Fade” will be featured on. - Sunset in the Rearview


"Pigeons and Planes - "Fade""

Jon Bell is a singer/songwriter from Arlington, Virginia. Earlier last year, he dropped his debut album What Do You Hear, What Do You Say, and since then, he’s been garnering some attention with his acoustic, folky sounds. Bell’s most recent single released is titled “Fade,” and it’s a personal, gentle, and mesmerizing song about love and its eccentricities. “Fade” will be featured on a forthcoming album from Bell. If you’re a fan of Iron & Wine, this is a must-hear. - Pigeons and Planes


"Pigeons and Planes - "Fade""

Jon Bell is a singer/songwriter from Arlington, Virginia. Earlier last year, he dropped his debut album What Do You Hear, What Do You Say, and since then, he’s been garnering some attention with his acoustic, folky sounds. Bell’s most recent single released is titled “Fade,” and it’s a personal, gentle, and mesmerizing song about love and its eccentricities. “Fade” will be featured on a forthcoming album from Bell. If you’re a fan of Iron & Wine, this is a must-hear. - Pigeons and Planes


"Sunset in the Rearview - Are we living yet? [Album Review]"

Jon Bell opens his sophomore album, Are we living yet?, with a song that I plan to carry with me for the rest of my life. “Colors and Shapes (Prologue)” is a ship sailing through gentle waters, riding the waves as they come, careful not to make a splash. Jon Bell says it best in his lyrics: 'gently it echoes across time.'"
"...very little goes astray in this album. It’s hard to pinpoint Jon Bell’s greatest strength, as his voice is angelic and his ability to play turn six strings into a soft and sweet music machine is incredible, but I think what I might love about Jon Bell the most is his writing. He takes English words and winds them together to create poetry that is meaningful and relatable, yet also distant and mysterious." - Sunset in the Rearview


"Official iTunes Review - Are we living yet?"

Brooklyn-based bard Jon Bell recorded 2012’s Are We Living Yet? at just 23. But these songs play with a seasoned wisdom, thanks to his hard work before its release. Besides being an active tunesmith, Bell has composed for film, dance, orchestras, and chamber groups in New York City. “Colors and Shapes (Prologue)” sets the tone, with moody piano playing under Bell’s ghostly, Thom Yorke-esque croon as female backing vocals, guitar, woodwinds, and string and horn arrangements slowly seep in. Folky fingerpicking follows in “Six Angels,” creating sunnier melodies as Bell whisper-sings intimate inflections in time with a lightly brushed snare drum. Bell stacks up woozy vocal harmonies in "Red," while lazy, West Coast–flavored harmonies give “Anniversary Song” an early-'70s AM radio soft-rock feel. - iTunes


Discography

Are we living yet? (LP) [2012]
Fade (Single) [2012]
What do you hear, What do you say (LP) [2011]

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24 year-old Jon Bell is a composer/songwriter from Arlington, VA, currently based in Brooklyn, NY. Jon’s music challenges the singer-songwriter genre with fully realized orchestrations rooted in a classically trained style. His debut album “What do you hear, what do you say” has garnered attention from various indie music blogs (Sunset in the Rearview, Pigeons and Planes) since it’s release last year. This year Jon released his sophomore album “Are we living yet?”, accompanied by his first east coast tour which spanned over 30 cities from Burlington, VT to New Orleans, LA during the summer. In addition to songwriting Jon composes for film, dance, chamber and orchestral music in NYC. His music has been featured at NY Fashion Week, the US Open, Bestival (UK), and others.