“Jonathan Dagan, the young Israeli (by way of Brooklyn) also known as J. Viewz, deftly evades categorization.“
– NPR’s World Cafe
J.VIEWZ FEATURED ON NPR’S WORLD CAFÉ, WALL STREET JOURNAL
NEW ALBUM rivers and homes. OUT NOW
J.Viewz, a multi-genre electronic project brought together under the direction of Brooklyn based producer and songwriter Jonathan Dagan, was named this week’s “World Café: Next” artist. Host David Dye describes the new album rivers and homes. as “a hard to define but totally beguiling work.”
Listen to J.Viewz on NPR’s World Café
Just this week Jonathan Dagan was also profiled by the Wall Street Journal, delving into his early successes in Europe, and move from Israel to the United States in 2005 as part of his battle to finding motivation for the creative process. They also sum up the vast amount of ground that is covered sonically on rivers and homes.
“J. Viewz marries electronica, pop, and both indie and classic rock. The title track rings with the exuberance of Arcade Fire, but then gives way to the slow groove “Salty Air.” … “Yet for all its varied influences, ‘Rivers and Homes’ is a cohesive work that showcases the talents of Israeli-born producer-composer Jonathan Dagan, 29, who programmed the tracks and played all guitars and keyboards.“
-Wall Street Journal (Link)
Listen to the single “Far Too Close” – Streaming Link
Up until this point, J.Viewz has released new songs, music videos, and remixes piecemeal to fans without active promotion. Yet through word of mouth the songs and videos surrounding rivers and homes. have been listened to and viewed hundreds of thousands of times, with the J.Viewz Youtube channel registering over 700,000 views on its own. View the video for the single “Salty Air,” (Watch Here) which just recently passed 225k views.
rivers and homes. originated as an idea Dagan dubbed “Work In Progress” that he began developing in the Spring of 2010. 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. Once completed Dagan distributed the finished album in physical form to his subscribers, and is just now making it available to the general public.
|Photo Credit Billy Kidd|