photo by Benjamin Torrey
Jason Calhoun is an ambient musician living in Ithaca, New York. With more than 20 albums to date, released under the monikers Paper Armies, naps, and now simply his name, he has worked with Patient Sounds, Bridgetown Records, Florabelle, Gertrude Tapes, Lily Tapes and Discs, and Dear Life Records. He is also a founding member of the Philadelphia-based instrumental collective Hour, recently listed by Joe Pera as an influence during the writing of the new season of Joe Pera Talks With You. He has performed with John Mueller, m sage, TALsounds, Loren Connors, Lake Mary, Mike Shiftlet, Josh Mason, Apollo Vermouth, Sarah Hennies, and many more.
Jason Calhoun’s ‘notebook’ finds the artist confronting doubt in his own abilities while affirming his unyielding faith in loved ones. Incepted during his first sojourn to a trappist monastery, and recorded in a process that was stretched over a year and a half, the record feels uncharacteristically stark for a Jason Calhoun record. Singular voices seem to protrude out of nowhere, supported by vapor-thin and wistful chords. This is Calhoun at his most romantic and most devastating. His music is a page torn from a diary, thrown out a car window, and picked up off the sidewalk by a stranger who cherishes its brutal honesty and unknowability forever.
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