|Jason Myles Goss
Web site: http://jasonmylesgoss.com
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"Goss is a thinking person’s songwriter. He puts out these thoughts in a voice that’s fragile one moment and like a wounded bird falling from the sky the next." - Valley Advocate (Western, MA) - “When I moved from Cambridge to Brooklyn, I began writing a lot. I bought this notepad for scheduling temp jobs and, since I always had it with me, I ended up scribbling all over it, whatever came into my head. Things just started connecting and it became fun piecing these characters and various threads together, without worrying how they related to me directly.” As the title implies, these songs evoke a feeling of somewhere else—the ballroom of a seaside hotel, a bus station in Meridian, Mississippi, or a dingy car on the Coney Island Wonder Wheel. We encounter places and characters who are far from perfect but are making their way nonetheless. This is a common theme that runs through the album, with Coney Island taking center stage as a place where the bizarre and fantastical comes face to face with the grit and grime of city life. “Dreamland was one of the earlier parks in Coney Island, which actually burned down in 1911. It had the usual thrill rides, but it also had world exhibits like imitation Venetian canals, Alpine landscapes, and a massive Tower of Pompeii. Reading about it, it sounded like this magically bizarre and chaotic land far away. I was fascinated by how Coney Island has become this beautifully wounded corner of the world, loved not in spite of its flaws but directly because of them. Its this place that’s totally laid bare, unapologetic, and equal parts tragic and magic. When we began recording, I really wanted the songs to sound magical but also have that dog-eared and exposed feeling." A Plea for Dreamland, released in June of 2009, was recorded at Glass Eye Music (Brooklyn, NY), Ceramic Lady Studios (Cambridge, MA), Austin’s Studio (Somerville, MA) and Great North Sound Society (Parsonsfield, ME); and was mixed by Rafi Sofer at Q Division and mastered by Ian Kennedy at New Alliance East. It features Joel Arnow (Heather and the Barbarians, Julian Velard) on drums, Zack Hickman (Josh Ritter, Mark Erelli) on bass and pump organ, Austin Nevins (Josh Ritter, Anais Mitchell) on electric guitars, lap steel, banjo, and glockenspiel, and Sam Kassirer (Josh Ritter, Langhorne Slim) ..s and vibes. It was co-produced by Jason Myles Goss, Austin Nevins, Zack Hickman, and Joel Arnow.