Jonah Parzen-Johnson | Look Like You’re Not Looking

Track Listing

1. Look Like You're Not Looking
2. Stay There, I'll Come To You
3. Look Like You're Not Looking [Ex Reyes Remix]
4. Stay There, I'll Come You [Sleepers Work Remix]


Look Like You’re Not Looking is the second release from lofi experimental folk saxophonist, Jonah Parzen-Johnson. An exciting departure from his debut album, Michiana (2012), this limited edition 7 inch vinyl recording offers a chance for Parzen-Johnson to check-in after a year of solo touring and present a snap shot of the rapidly evolving aural palette at the core of his solo performance.

As a soloist as well as a co-leader of Brooklyn afrobeat deconstructionist ensemble, Zongo Junction, Jonah has begun exploring the role of analog electronics in composition. While on his first solo release tour in 2012, Jonah visited the Moog Music factory in Asheville NC, and was inspired by
their devotion to monophonic analog synthesis. “I’ve always found interactive electronics exciting, but laptops and digital effects never felt right with the more lo-fi and folk oriented music I want to make,” says the Chicago native. “There’s something about sticking to a strict all analog method of making music that feels really grounded and inspiring to me.”

The songs that have emerged utilize a carefully customized collection of interactively synthe- sized sounds, perfectly melding with Jonah’s uniquely pliable saxophone tone, and haunting vocalizations. An interactive hybrid instrument that sits firmly on the cutting edge, while being grounded in a tradition that prizes the use of the highest quality tools to make the most organic musical statements possible.