Ithaca-based ambient musician Jason Calhoun (fka naps). Jason has been releasing brilliant ambient music for the better half of a decade and has had his work released by Patient Sounds Intl, Bridgetown Records, and Lily Tapes and Discs, among others. He has also played in various projects such as Philadelphia's Hour and ylayali, as well as Paper Armies.
Conceptually ‘jedidiah’ came from the idea of what determines the length of a piece. Sometimes it may feel arbitrary. Living in this arbitrary sensibility, lengths were determined by the duration of ten separate field recordings. From these, the general length and progression were determined, even if the final result did not even include the original recording at all. When writing I find limitation to be of utmost importance, and this structure felt like a place to begin.
The field recordings were taken on a recent retreat into nature, during a time in my life of great change and unknown. I found myself contemplating the smallness of human age in the context of nature, the joy letting go can bring, and the importance of resisting being swept along by capitalist advancement and destruction. Those close to me have said that this album is perhaps darker than previous works, and they may be correct. Within this sadness, there is still a hope, a sense of gentle wonder for what the future may bring.
“Dives headfirst into deep wells of organ drone and tape collage. Familiar characters and memories take shape, distort, and dissipate – when the tape player stops you realize with a jolt that you’re right where you were when you pressed play, but everything looks different somehow.” Liam Doyle, Various Small Flames
"Better to Give doesn’t waste time with aimless experimentation, though; other than some tape hiss and occasionally tactile recordings, the pieces are dominated by Naps’ trademark sublime, seraphic tones that seem to simultaneously shift and stay the same." Jack Davidson, Noise Not Music
"There is a softly fluctuating allure to Jason Calhoun's sound. Like the motion of celestial bodies, still when looking, but moving more than most can grasp. This is the connection that remains elusive. It is very gratifying to know these melodies are being created" Lost in a Sea of Sound
releases on DLR:
DLR 006 - Jedidiah