“These songs come from my experiences,” singer-songwriter and pianist Jon Fuller says of his latest 7-song EP, The Art Of Denial. “After all, what is the meaning of a moral if there isn’t a story behind it?”
The Art Of Denial is an artistic high watermark. For one, prior to recording, Jon was able to live with these songs for three years and he road tested them on tour before recording them. The EP is also special because of its warm and vibey instrumentation; the result of an organic recording process where ace musicians that have passed in and out of Jon’s life dropped by the studio to lend their talents. The Art Of Denial is a refreshingly diverse album, traversing funk-pop, jazzy-folk, and acoustic balladry. Jon’s strong musical voice holds the prismatic collection together, as does the EP’s focused thematic bend. “The thorough line in the songs is relationships in all forms,” Jon reveals. The Art Of Denial surveys relationships with yourself, family bonds, and romantic connections. The EP’s title is also intriguingly layered, referencing denial of reality as well as the Buddhist tenet denial of suffering. “I love nuanced wordplay and double meanings,” Jon shares.
Select EP highlights include the tracks “Divide By Zero,” “Get Down,” “Stop The Ocean,” and “Dopamine Machine.” “Divide By Zero” boasts rocking loud/soft dynamics, alternating between crunching guitar passages and sweetly subtle melodic passages decorated with inventive vocal rhyme schemes, soulful piano passages, and lush harmony vocals. This song is a song of the self where Jon bravely, and poetically, grapples with his anxiety and depression—it’s a mirror to his soul.
The theatrical and poignant “Get Down” pairs whimsical musicality with the weighty subject of a coming out story. “I like giving a serious subject light-hearted music because no experience is monotone. Though it wasn't easy, there was almost a sick sense of fun when I successfully tied myself up in knots to live up to outside expectation or hide my life from the world,” he explains. The elegantly emotive “Stop The Ocean” is a gorgeous autobiographical ballad that chronicles the slow unraveling of a love relationship. Adding more poignancy to the track is the stunning performance courtesy of guest female vocalist Manjula Raman, Jon’s close friend of 20 years. The slinky “Dopamine Machine” is a bluesy and funky commentary on disconnection in the age of connection—the track is rife with playfully irreverent social commentary.
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