Jon Samuel

Jon Samuel

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Samuel modestly suggests he builds his pop songs on “very few chords,” but they’re the best foundation on which to build with scrappy instrumentation and playful vocal melodies.

Biography

First Transmission, the debut solo album from songwriter Jon Samuel, Wintersleep’s keyboard/guitar player, looks inward even as it looks upward into the blue.

Set for release on August 28, 2012 on Hidden Pony Records, the album was partially recorded in the group’s rehearsal space over the spring and summer of 2011, with fellow Winterlseep band mates Tim D'Eon and Loel Campbell. Label mate from Rah Rah (with her own solo work just released earlier this year), Erin Passmore lends gorgeous vocals to two tracks on the record.

Prior to becoming a full-time member of Juno Award winners, Wintersleep, Jon began his recording career in the Halifax band Slight Return (whose debut was released on Quebec’s Matlock Records). Over the years he crossed paths with Wintersleep, and he first joined their side-project Contrived for their second record Dead Air Verbatim and the subsequent album, Blank Blank Blank before finding his way permanently into the fold.

Samuel modestly suggests he builds his pop songs on “very few chords,” but they’re the best foundation on which to build with scrappy instrumentation and playful vocal harmonies.

Discography

First Transmission - CD 33.39mins