Vibro-phonic Recordings is pleased to announce the long awaited new album Zenith by Los Angeles combo the jigsaw seen: Dennis Davison (vocals, guitar), Jonathan Lea (guitar), David Nolte (bass) and Teddy Freese (drums).
Assisted by D. J. Bonebrake (X, the Knitters) on vibes and percussion and Danny McGough (Tom Waits, Shivaree) on harmonium, the jigsaw seen seamlessly blend mellotron, stylophone, optigan, analog synth and e-bow with guitar, bass and drums to achieve a dazzling mix of melodic hues with equal shades of darkness and brilliance.
From the Big Star-ish opening of Letter to the Editor, follow Zenith as it switches channels through the cold and fuzzy I'm with You, then shifts to the gigantic guitars and pizzicato strings of Celebrity Interview. The transmission then changes over to the tremelo sounds of When You're Pretty, the hypnotic pounding of Tight Lips, then flips to the delicate woodblock and bombast of Fiddlesticks. Our program continues with Girl on a Red Velvet Swing's Byrdsian 12 string guitars, Whore Kiss'fish and finger cymbals, Persephone Again's mechanical mythology and the stark melancholia of If My Eyes Offend You. Zenith finally concludes its broadcast day with the seven minute static drenched Big Hand ... click.
- For fans of Big Star's Third, The Bee Gee's Odessa, David Bowie's The Man Who Sold The World and Love's Forever Changes.
- the jigsaw seen have appeared on numerous compilations including Shots in the Dark and Delphonic Sounds Today! (both on Del-Fi) and the Left Banke tribute Shadows Breaking Over Our Heads, in addition to producing Melody Fair, songs of the Bee Gees.
- An outtake from Zenith, Another Predictable Song, appears on the critically acclaimed compilation Listen and Learn with Vibro-phonic.
- Guitarist Jonathan Lea has played with ex-Bongwater vocalist/actress Ann Magnuson for the last 5 years. Bassist David Nolte has produced and/or co-written albums by David Gray and Maria McKee. Jonathan and David have also played in Rufus Wainwright's band and recently toured with Dave Davies of the Kinks.