BADBADNOTGOOD CO-PRODUCED NEW ALBUMPORTRAIT OF A DOG OUT JANUARY 27TH VIA INNOVATIVE LEISURE
In anticipation of his sophomore album out later this month,Jonah Yano shares his new single and video for “song about the family house”. The album, Portrait of a Dog, is entirely co-produced with BADBADNOTGOOD and is out January 27th via Innovative Leisure. The song sparks a fuse of familial memories that are detailed in the track’s accompanying visual, in a celebratory ode to his grandparents and the memories shared at their home in Vancouver. The themes of family and memory are central to Jonah’s work, which he recently detailed in his cover story for RANGE’s Winter 22/23 print issue.
Explaining the process of collecting the photos and clips for the song’s video, Jonah says: “In May of 2021, I went and stayed with my grandparents for 2 weeks. I went in a fit of urgency – my mom called one day and told me my grandfather was starting to lose his memory. I set off to Vancouver to see them and to attempt to archive our time together, so should anything happen, I could remember my grandfather in the time when he could still remember me. I brought a video camera, a field recorder, some disposable cameras, a hard drive to collect scans of their over 2000 pictures in photo albums in the basement, and the dreadful, guilt-ridden, ambition that comes along with the desire to spend time with someone who might not remember you the next time you see them.
‘Song about the family house’ is an amulet of the things we archive amongst ourselves as a family, the stories we tell at dinner, the knots of trauma passed down to untie, the details of family life that could only ever be understood by us, not because they are complicated to understand, but because they would never matter to anyone else, and in that public irrelevance, we privately celebrate each other.”
Jonah’s new offering arrives on the heels of his RANGE’s winter print cover story and stint supporting Clairo for the last leg of her North American and the entirety of her European tour dates, which wrapped up last November. He also closed the live run with a headline show of his own at Servant Jazz Quarters in London.
Portrait of a Dog includes the previously-released singles “Leslianne,” “always,” “the speed of sound!,” and “portrait of a dog,” which is at the confluence of his love of folk and jazz music. It’s a focused departure from Yano’s previous recordings – establishing a clear sonic identity throughout the album’s 12 songs to weave together two complementary narrative threads of a family archive and exploration of the family dynamics in the Japanese-Canadian household he grew up in, and a deeply personal recollection of a fading relationship. Beyond the co-production of BADBADNOTGOOD, Portrait of a Dogfeatures additional guest work from Slauson Malone, Sea Oleena, with string arrangements by Eliza Niemi, Leland Whitty, and Yano himself. Yano’s forthcoming second album follows his stint supporting Clairo for the last leg of her North American tour and the entirety of her European tour dates, which wrapped up last November. He also closed the live run with a headline show of his own at Servant Jazz Quarters in London.
Watch and listen to “song about the family house” above, see full album details below, and stay tuned for more music from Jonah Yano coming soon.
Portrait of a Dog
January 27, 2023
3. Haven’t Haven’t
4. Portrait of a Dog
5. Call The Number
6. The Speed of Sound!
7. In Sun, out of Sun (feat. Slauson Malone)
8. So Sweet
9. Glow Worms
10. Quietly, Entirely (feat. Sea Oleena)
11. Song About the Family House
12. The Ordinary Is Ordinary Because It Ordinarily Repeats