Jonathan Grow – ‘3’ EP


The number 3 holds a particular emphasis on the gorgeous new EP from American pianist and composer Jonathan Grow. In addition to 3 being the EP’s namesake, each of its three tracks feature in a meter centered around “3” — time in 3/4, 6/8, 12/8. Vitally, each of the pieces illustrate the journey of Grow’s musical experience, which began at age 3.

The opening “Les Trois Vies de Marie-Laure” captivates with a melodic elegance, quickly showcasing the beautiful piano work that stars throughout 3. A wistful, springtime setting establishes via the gentle piano pulses, its homage to Erik Satie reflecting the power of solo piano melodics. The opening track’s narrative takes inspiration from the novel All the Light We Cannot See and its character Marie-Laure, who learns to experience life without sight; the capturing of uncertainty and self-discovery resonate throughout.

“Le Vol” spins a more melancholic flow. Glistening piano trickles weave through loss, grief, and acceptance across three movements. An initial realization of loss develops into deep grief in the second half, bolstered by orchestral components as cautionary acceptance arises in a balancing act of tonal yearning and acceptance. The track is a showcase in Grow’s ability to infuse orchestral elements within a stirring emotive thematic focus.

“Devenir” closes the EP with stirring resonance. Woodwinds, strings, and brass intertwine with an easy-flowing piano vibrancy, illuminating with a charismatic brightness. The track title translates to “becoming,” and reflects Grow’s personal journey of such, embracing a fuller composition with effervescent rises and dynamic intrigue alike. Jonathan Grow enthralls with enchanting performance and songwriting throughout the 3 EP.

“Devenir” and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Emerging Singles’ 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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