Today, Jonah Mutono announces his debut album GERG, out May 15 on True Panther/EQT.
Says Jonah about “1949“: “I think many love stories previous generations have told us are reduced to these simple fairy tales. 1949 is an early year of the post-WWII baby boom. It’s a good year on which to pin traditional values – get married, have kids, in this new peaceful world. I think that’s what I’ve always been taught to want, and then, with time, began to believe I might never have.”
“I wrote “1949” for a wedding that I couldn’t attend due to a visa I couldn’t get. I know what it feels to be reduced to a passport, or a skin color, or a sexual orientation. I definitely think my upcoming album is an exploration of this – I wanted to find the most human aspects of feeling dehumanized. With the song and video, I wanted to express that, regardless of documentation and creed, I think we all want that same fairy tale, in one form or another.”
Pigeons & Planes just named Jonah one of their Best New Artists Of The Month. NPR Music also recently included Jonah in their Austin 100, saying that “Mutono’s infectious, blissed-out R&B reflects on a desire for comfort and community amid arrangements that meet at the midpoint between the cool vulnerability of Frank Ocean and the sleek balladeering of Khalid.”
Recently, Elton John featured Jonah’s track “Circulation” on his Rocket Hour show on Beats 1 Radio. Pigeons and Planes describes the track as “powerful…a theatrical, expansive leap,” and named it one of 10 New Songs By Queer Artists You Need To Hear. Listen here.
GERG Track Listing:
Smith Johnson William Brown
If You Mean It
I’ll See You