J.VIEWZ DEBUTS NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR “ABOUT THE SEA”
ON NPR MUSIC
FROM THE ACCLAIMED ALBUM rivers and homes.
j.viewz, a.k.a. Brooklyn based and Israeli born songwriter and producer Jonathan Dagan, has released the music video for “about the sea.” The song is the closing track on his innovative album and fan funded release rivers and homes.,a 2012 Grammy nominee for “Best Album Art.” Created by renowned director Clement Picon, known for his work on Radiohead’s music video for the song “Reckoner,” the video for “about the sea” and the song itself came together in a surprising sequence, a circular path of inspiration shared between director and songwriter.
The music video was originally composed by Picon for the song “come back down,” the first song written for rivers and homes. But by the time it was finished, Dagan was in the process of completing the record, and instead of keeping the video for the song it was originally intended for, he ended up drawing inspiration from the Picon visuals while he wrote “about the sea,” the final song on the album.
“come back down” -> Clement Picon video -> “about the sea”
“‘about the sea,'” says Dagan, “was the last song I recorded for rivers and homes. The whole album-making process was opened to fans and funded by them, so I had a strong end of journey feel when writing and producing the song. That feeling was amplified as I started the song as a soundtrack based on Clement’s video, which was originally made for the first song I recorded for this album, ‘come back down,’ so it was like coming-full-circle.”
Described by NPR’s World Café as “a hard to define but totally beguiling work,” rivers and homes.originated as an idea Dagan dubbed “Work In Progress.” The plan was to make an album available for pre-order, and then record and release tracks gradually over the course of a year to fans that subscribed to the process. From early on the quality of j.viewz output drew subscribers in, and allowed the project to flourish. Each song was recorded and released in the same weather, mindset, and period-in-life in which it had been conceived, giving fans an intimate real time look at the artistic evolution of the album.