New Release, Video & Tour: Jonathan Wilson – Rare Birds / Over The Midnight

Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter and producer Jonathan Wilson has announced his return with his third solo release

The ambitious “maximalist” album, titled Rare Birds, is released 2nd March on Bella Union and features contributions from Father John Misty, Lucius, Lana Del Rey, and New Age music legend Laraaji

In addition, Wilson has shared his first track from the album, the epic and romantic Over The Midnight, with an accompanying video directed by Andrea Nakhla, who says: “I wanted the visual to mirror the dreamy lyrical landscape of the tune. The stunning 3D animations by Clara Luzian were a perfect match for feel of the song”

Take a watch below…

Of Over The Midnight, Wilson states, “I wanted to write a song about a sacred place for lovers to exist and I named that destination, process, mood or feeling ‘Over the Midnight’. It’s a place where nothing is savage.” In one of Wilson’s favourite lines on the album he sings, “This world it is burning, but don’t it feel incredible?/ Whisper in my ear and tell me what you see in the flames”

A newly announced headline tour for March and April includes the below UK shows…

14th March – Glasgow, Orna Mor
15th March – Dublin, Whelans
16th March – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
17th March – Brighton, Concorde 2
19th March – London, Omeara
20th March – London, Omeara

Although much of the album is comprised lyrically of meditations on a failed relationship and its aftermath, Wilson insists that Rare Birds is not really a concept album. “It’s meant more as a healing affair, a rejuvenation, a reconciliation, for others, and for me. I wanted to balance personal narrative with the need I feel for calming, healing music. I think we need journeys in sound, psychedelic gossamer-winged music, to incite hope, positivity, longing, reckless abandon and regret. It’s all in there”

Rare Birds was produced by Jonathan Wilson and engineered by Dave Cerminara at Wilson’s own Fivestarstudios in Echo Park, Los Angeles. 2018 will see Wilson playing nearly 100 shows all over the world with Roger Waters and performing his own headline and festival appearances wherever, and whenever he can fit them in