JSDavani – ‘Son of Man of Chair’

The latest album from JSDavani, Son of Man of Chair assumes an auditory time capsule role — infusing conversational snippets with memorable soundscapes. The album features a series of pondering questions, represented often by the track titles. Davani recorded conversations and visits with his father, Manochehr S Davani; his voice, and other family members, appear throughout the release alongside a range of accompaniments, from the starry-eyed synth lushness of “vii/luck” to the piano-touched eeriness within “ii/wtf.”

The opening “i/questions” brings forth a series of heady contemplation — “what do you think about time?” amongst others — amidst crackling effects and eerie textural glimpses. “What would you ask your great-great-grandchildren?” inquires further, aptly putting forth the album’s lofty concept — in the artist’s words, utilizing “time, similar to a time capsule. The project will not be complete until my great grandchildren hear the project and respond to it.”

“ii/wtf” follows with ample intrigue. Haunting piano tones pulsate inward, amidst a nocturnal atmospheric glistening alongside snippets of home-recording feeling nostalgia. “vii/travels” is another highlight, with serene piano tones mingling with corresponding with tales of travel and the past; Davani’s father grew up in Iran, and started a family on the other side of the world — resulting in a fulfilling life and valuable perspective that’s captured in timeless, immersive form via Son of Man of Chair.

A valued emphasis on the present moment (“ix/timelife”), and those surrounding you, makes for a stirring thematic prowess: “It’s not about a job anymore and not about money… You think about how to stay healthy to get another day.”

“iii/timecapsules” 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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