After writing songs and recording low-fi records for the better part of 14 years, American singer/songwriter Jasper X finally decided to get his act together.
This sudden outburst of focus was inspired by a three year stint wandering the city streets of various European cities. He spent most of his time in Helsinki, London, and Brussels. The journey wasn’t about seeing old buildings and guided tours as it was about meeting old friends and maintaining a relationship with his former girlfriend. With no job or direction, there was plenty of time to observe people. From cafes to rock clubs to bus/train/tram stops, there were behavioral patterns unique to each city.
While in the midst of such observations, the idea of Cameras and Paragons came to life. It would be a loosely formed concept album, set up in two acts. Act I would document a young couple escaping a near-futurist America dominated by surveillance and “order”. Act II would dive into the intricacies of the couple’s break-up in a foreign land.
Two years of writing yielded a nine track effort that would mostly be laid down at The Fortress Studios in Shoreditch and mixed by Jason Judy in the United States. Throughout its 33 minute run-time, frequent crossovers from rock to electro to acoustic singer/songwriter take place fluidly from track to track and verse to chorus. The musical intent of the record was to channel the sonic energy of a world edging closer and closer to New World Order.
Jasper X currently resides in Jersey City, NJ
released 24 January 2013
Jasper X: vocals, guitars, programming, synths, piano
Beatrice Nodari: vocals, #1, #6
Arianna Miolo: vocals #2, #7
Jason Judy: synths, #2
Steve Bond: string arrangement, #5
Recorded in London, UK
Steve Bond at Ignition Studios
Rob Harrison at THE FORTRESS
Ed at THE FORTRESS
Produced by Jasper X, Rob Harrison, and Jason Judy
Mixed by Jason Judy in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA
Mastered by The Exchange in London, UK
Special thanks to Shaun at THE FORTRESS and Patrick at Ignition Studios
Copyright 2011 Jasper X
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