Spectral Dusk is a beautifully haunting album that documents the painful loss of the death of Jonas Bonnetta‘s father. Blending alternative folk pop, minimal soundscapes and atmospheric field recordings with Jonas Bonnetta’s sullen voice, Spectral Dusk includes 12 heartbreaking tracks, that will resonate with fans of Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, The Wilderness of Manitoba, Josh T. Pearson and Bon Iver.
Recorded in a log cabin in Northern Ontario, Spectral Dusk, like with debut ‘Spirit Guides’, was recorded out of the studio with the intention of bringing with it human reference. The warm and ambient tone of the record is often set by the crackling of fires and the popping of ice in bourbon.
Beginning in mono with gentle whirring electronics, Jonas Bonnetta transports the listener into his world of sorrow and grieving.
‘Family Tree’ explores the notion of severing ties with relatives and the restraints of traditional family structures that echoes Josh T Pearson’s ‘Country Dumb’.
The gentle, sad but soothing strings of ‘Irving Lake Access Road‘ create a solemn soundscape reminiscent to Sigur Ros at their most minimalist. The title refers to a place that Bonetta & his father frequently visited during their lives together. This is followed by ‘Song To Sleep to‘ with the sad lamented lyrics “Here’s a song for dad to sleep to. Rest your weary legs and fall asleep.”
At the point of reflecting on your own morality, the album finishes with ‘Spectral Dusk’ a poignant letter penned to his father that contains another field recording from ‘The Burn’.
Evening Hymns is centred around Jonas Bonnetta and a rotating collective of musicians which includes members of Ohbijou, The Wooden Sky, The Burning Hell, The D’Urbervilles and Forest City Lovers.
Bonnetta himself says he wanted to create “spaces for reflection, rather than bombarding the listener simply with eleven crisp songs. This is an important element of listening to music, which is now missing on most boards much. I often miss the opportunity of a mental escape.”
Evening Hymns new album ‘Spectral Dusk‘ shows an artist with his heart and soul cut deep and open. There is pain, sadness, but most of all a deep love for what is a truly beautifully moving account of one man’s love and grief for another.
Evening Hymns UK Tour Dates
20.05.13 Coventry, Taylor John’s House
21.05.13 Glasgow, Pivo Pivo
22.05.13 Durham, Old Cinema
23.05.13 London, The Slaughtered Lamb
Evening Hymns new album ‘Spectral Dusk‘ was released on 8th April 2013 on Tin Angel Records.
For more information visit eveninghymns.com.