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the new album: manifestations
11 new tracks including the first single If Not Today! (Single release: Oct 11)
A collection of handcrafted lyrics, astounding melodies, and emotive musicianship that makes you feel something visceral. Manifestations was written and produced between 2018 and 2020, rekindling AJ's love of performing after nearly eight years away from the stage. He explains: "...these tunes poured out of me and I found myself wanting to connect with live audiences by playing them, something that hadn't taken place in a long while."
The album is produced with a very organic approach, featuring several talented musicians, and the crisp engineering of Doug McBride (gravitystudios.com) highlights the musical performances. From the angular rock tones of "Summoner", to the lush string arrangments of "On The Cusp", to the heartfelt earnestness of "Waves" this album is an aural journey that you'll want to repeat.
guitarist, composer, producer
AJ is about to release his fifth album entitled Manifestations. This collection of songs (to be released on November 27, 2020) was over two years in the making and his live performances of the songs have been eliciting enthusiasm from a diverse fanbase. His previous releases: Ultramarine, Resistor, the Earth and Shoal EP, and Daughter Product (Fatigue) have garnered college and mainstream radio airplay and have impressed critics, leading to performances across the US.
His style is not easy to classify, perhaps "progressive acoustic" is the best term, but he has been compared to the rhythmic approach of Pete Townsend, the emotive delivery of Cat Stevens, the experimental explorations of Robert Fripp, the expressiveness of Bob Mould, and even the soulfulness of Nick Drake. Ultimately, he delivers his own unique hybrid sound, blending all those and more into a cohesive and modern sensibility that sounds like "AJ".