Jonah Leatherman – ‘Ensuring My Uncertainty’


The second full-length from Indiana-based artist Jonah Leatherman, Ensuring My Uncertainty thematically captures the interconnectivity of the human experience alongside a warming, jangly rock sound with sturdy melodic appeal. Following Leatherman’s 2020 self-titled debut, Ensuring My Uncertainty succeeds in its reflective, hazy rock sound throughout.

“Overlap” is a captivating opener, depicting a “rushing stream of broken dreams,” with heartfelt appeal into the bursting guitars at the 50-second mark. Here, the multi-layered vocal passion and twangier guitar disposition combine for an invigorating expanse. “Panoply” is another standout, touting a more mellow mystique via its patient guitar unfolding and haunting vocal ardency. The audible representation of “colors in my mind,” engrosses in the debonair guitar stylings and radiant backing organ.

From the heartfelt starry-eyed soundscape of “My Punishment” to the opener’s gripping rock demeanor, Ensuring My Uncertainty is a stellar album from Jonah Leatherman, exploring the complex and paradoxical nature of our living journeys.

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of September 2023’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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