Austin Leonard Jones ⫸ ⫸ ⫸ ⫸
A native Texan, Austin Leonard Jones is a prolific songwriter who now resides in Ojai, CA. Austin sings insightful, and at times humorous, songs about life, death and finding the perfect coffee shop that doesn’t stare at you while they make a pour over.
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The Wonder Years of Austin Leonard Jones Vol. 1 and Vol. 2
Perpetual Doom is proud to present The Wonder Years of Austin Leonard Jones Vols. 1 & 2. This career-spanning retrospective consists of songs recorded between 2010-2018, offering new listeners and old fans alike into the prolific world of songwriter Austin Leonard Jones. From bedroom pop whispers to clamoring lo-fi rockers, these 30 remastered tracks chart the rambling evolution of a thoroughly singular musical voice.
These wonder years were spent in old barns and dance halls in Texas, where Jones and collaborator Will Patterson (Sleep Good) captured a creative profusion of sounds, styles, yarns, and tall tales. Although rooted in the tradition of the country-folk raconteur, Jones’ songs spiral outward in all directions—from the hushed romanticism of opener “Burning Canoe,” with its stately arrangement balancing hope and regret, to the beach bum glories of “Heavens Beach” and “You Who.” Each track is carefully arranged, a glimpse into a distinct musical world. Jones and Patterson bring out banjo, mandolin, accordion, xylophone, and a remarkable range of instruments to give each song a unique texture: where a song like “Valley Pines” rings bright and clear, “Hippie Knife Fight” is swallowed in lo-fi haze and barreling percussion.
Traversing this musical terrain, Jones takes on numerous guises: sometimes he’s the hopeful lover, the down-and-out drifter, the suburban husband, “the bastard of these beaches.” His characters wander from the warm California coast down to Juarez and around the Horn of Africa, seeking escape in love, drink, and the wilderness. Whatever hat he is wearing, or whoever’s voice he is speaking with, Jones narrates the ups and downs, the joys and sorrows, of striving to be some place better. “Gonna pack all of my things and move to dream street,” he sings on the final track, “and I’m gonna stay until my dying day.” Consider it an invitation: these could be your wonder years, too.
Release Date: July 30, 2021