Political. Personal. Poetic. Such is the new album Reckon from one of Canadas most renowned songwriters, Jason Collett. Recorded at Revolution Recording Studios in Toronto, the album was produced by Howie Beck and includes guest appearances by Afie Jurvanen (Bahamas), Basia Bulat, Kevin Drew & Zeus. An eleven song retrospective titled Essential Cuts will be released as a companion to Reckon via Arts & Crafts on September 25th. Chosen by Jason himself Essential Cuts represent the sense of community that he has always held in such high regard.
To celebrate the release of Reckon, Jason has unveiled a video for lead track "I Wanna Rob A Bank," directed by Corey Ogilvie, it premiered today via Huffington Post. Fans can also enjoy a free download of the track via SoundCloud, here.
There is a poetic serendipity to the fact that Jason Collett started recording Reckon during the same month that Occupy Wall Street began. Not necessarily setting out to make a record with these overtones, his travels and political engagements lead to the subject matter being unavoidable. The consistent thread throughout this record is loss, he explains. The love songs are largely emotive reflections of the 'political songs. All written through the distillation of events since the economic calamity of 2008 and its insidiously long looming shadow. Ive seen first hand the kind of devastation this crisis has wrecked upon much of the world Ive toured these last few years. The shut-down-shops and for-closed homes on the suburban fringes as Ive made my way to and from cities Ive played. This record is a personal reflection of the crisis weve all witnessed and read about every day in the paper. Calling it Reckon is an acknowledgement of loss ... lost jobs, lost homes, loss of faith in our political and financial institutions and in turn, loss of illusion.
The Essential Cuts album is more or less a family affair featuring everyone from Amy Millan (Stars), Zeus, Feist, Emily Haines (Metric), Bahamas and more as well as production from long time friends Andrew Cash & Howie Beck. Collett reflects, With a little help from my friends indeed ... There is a revolving door cast of characters that make this a sweet selection of the back catalogue. The myriad of producers and players that have graced these recordings are a testament to the blessed incestuousness of the musical family Im lucky to be part of.