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Folk n’ Roll Vol. 1: Tales Of Isolation

J.S. Ondara

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One year after the release of his debut (Qobuzissime-winning) album in February 2019, J.S. Ondara has released, in the midst of the Covid-19 (then)epidemic, the aptly named “Tales of Isolation”. Lockdown clearly hasn’t deterred this young Kenyan, described by his label as a fusion of Tracy Chapman and Michael Kiwanuka. Following along the lines of his two most beloved records, Dylan’s “The Freewheelin’” and Springsteen’s “Nebraska”, Ondara offers a collection of acoustic songs that are carried by his vibrant singing and plaintive, androgynous voice that pulls on the heart strings. In “Folk n’ Roll Vol. 1: Tales Of Isolation”, the American Dream which fascinates him so once more comes face to face with life’s struggles. And creation in itself is most moving when the artist expresses what’s closest to them. Such is the ideal fuel for the songs of a troubadour of Ondara’s calibre, who is at his most true and powerful when the skies are dark and stormy. © Max Dembo/Qobuz

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Folk n’ Roll Vol. 1: Tales Of Isolation

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1
Pulled Out Of The Market
00:03:55

Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - J.S. Ondara, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Harmonica, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Justin Schwartzbauer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

A Verve Forecast Release; ℗ 2020 UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
Mr. Landlord
00:03:36

Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - J.S. Ondara, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Justin Schwartzbauer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

A Verve Forecast Release; ℗ 2020 UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Lockdown On Date Night Tuesday
00:05:03

Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - J.S. Ondara, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Harmonica, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Justin Schwartzbauer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

A Verve Forecast Release; ℗ 2020 UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
From Six Feet Away
00:04:47

Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - J.S. Ondara, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Justin Schwartzbauer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

A Verve Forecast Release; ℗ 2020 UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Isolation Anonymous
00:04:05

Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - J.S. Ondara, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Harmonica, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Justin Schwartzbauer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

A Verve Forecast Release; ℗ 2020 UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Shower Song
00:05:11

Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - J.S. Ondara, Producer, Vocals, Unknown, Other, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Justin Schwartzbauer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

A Verve Forecast Release; ℗ 2020 UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
Pyramid Justice
00:04:27

Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - J.S. Ondara, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Harmonica, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Justin Schwartzbauer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

A Verve Forecast Release; ℗ 2020 UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Isolation Boredom Syndrome (IBS)
00:04:45

Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - J.S. Ondara, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Harmonica, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Justin Schwartzbauer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

A Verve Forecast Release; ℗ 2020 UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
Isolation Depression Syndrome (IDS)
00:07:24

Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - J.S. Ondara, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Harmonica, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Justin Schwartzbauer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

A Verve Forecast Release; ℗ 2020 UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
Isolation Blues (Blame It On The Pathogen)
00:06:17

Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - J.S. Ondara, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Harmonica, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Justin Schwartzbauer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

A Verve Forecast Release; ℗ 2020 UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
Ballad Of Nana Doline
00:10:29

Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - J.S. Ondara, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Harmonica, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Justin Schwartzbauer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

A Verve Forecast Release; ℗ 2020 UMG Recordings, Inc.

Album Description

One year after the release of his debut (Qobuzissime-winning) album in February 2019, J.S. Ondara has released, in the midst of the Covid-19 (then)epidemic, the aptly named “Tales of Isolation”. Lockdown clearly hasn’t deterred this young Kenyan, described by his label as a fusion of Tracy Chapman and Michael Kiwanuka. Following along the lines of his two most beloved records, Dylan’s “The Freewheelin’” and Springsteen’s “Nebraska”, Ondara offers a collection of acoustic songs that are carried by his vibrant singing and plaintive, androgynous voice that pulls on the heart strings. In “Folk n’ Roll Vol. 1: Tales Of Isolation”, the American Dream which fascinates him so once more comes face to face with life’s struggles. And creation in itself is most moving when the artist expresses what’s closest to them. Such is the ideal fuel for the songs of a troubadour of Ondara’s calibre, who is at his most true and powerful when the skies are dark and stormy. © Max Dembo/Qobuz

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