j.viewz, a multi-genre electronic project brought together under the direction of Brooklyn based producer and songwriter Jonathan Dagan, was named this week’s “NPR World Café: Next” artist. Host David Dye describes the new album rivers and homes. as “a hard to define but totally beguiling work.”
J.Viewz Live takes multiple different forms and in 2012 the band will be touring as a 3-piece ensemble featuring lead singer Noa Lembersky.
Just this week Jonathan Dagan was also profiled by the Wall Street Journal, delving into his early successes in Europe, and move from Israel to the United States in 2005 as part of his battle to finding motivation for the creative process. They also sum up the vast amount of ground that is covered sonically on rivers and homes.
“J.Viewz marries electronica, pop, and both indie and classic rock. The title track rings with the exuberance of Arcade Fire, but then gives way to the slow groove "Salty Air." Later, the 1980s FM-style drive of "Meantime (Little Notes)" eases into "This City Means No Love," a swinging hip-hop tune that has all the elements of a top-40 hit, including funky horns and a fetching vocal by Noa Lembersky. "Oh, Something's Quiet" blends house, R&B, Middle Eastern strings and the pulse and tension of Krautrock. There's a nod to Phil Collins in "Far Too Close."
-Wall Street Journal