Out Now: Jonathan Patrick – Cascade Moon (SM057)

Out Now: Jonathan Patrick – Cascade Moon (SM057)

Jonathan, an experimental guitarist from Eugene, Oregon, describes his style as “founded in the navigation of impermanence”. Comparisons can be made to the 60’s and 70’s American Primitive movement out of California, yet Jon’s work is a singular and unique take on the genre. Embracing the freedom of play pioneered by American roots music, Jon embraces life’s transitional nature in his compositions, displaying an emotional urgency that adds something fresh to a genre primarily dominated by technicality.

Inheriting an Alvarez classical guitar at the age of 12 from his mom, Jon always sought to convey the same feeling with one guitar that one gets from listening to early Sonic Youth. In 2005 living in San Francisco, Jon saw the original Akron/Family lineup perform their own material as well as back up Michael Gira as Angels of Light. “It was the first time I saw anyone convey the same power and freedom as Sonic Youth with acoustic and hollow body guitars”, Jon recalls. That performance set the course for Jon to spend years woodshedding behind the scenes while playing in numerous bands eventually culminating in the ultra jammy United Waves. After a couple of limited releases on acetate, everyone moved on and Jon became obsessed with minimalist art and solo guitar music.

“These songs were recorded live and at home between January of 2023 through January of 2024. I would like to thank Dan Timlin and Strange Mono Records, Sims Hardin, Jet Johnson, Matt Janney, Fern, His His, Westhead, my kids, and last but not least Nicole Stefanek.” – Jon

All proceeds benefit the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline