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Jonathan Hape is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter from Columbus OH. He has been writing, recording, playing live as well as touring nationally for the past decade.
Hape has self released multiple albums including Letters To India, I'm Awake/I'm Asleep, Carnivore, and 2012's PLACES. Hape is known for his live looping, stylistic production, and handmade album packaging.
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"Hape's new album, Carnivore, sounds like a high-fidelity version of the Microphones' The Glow, Pt. 2.
Spotting Hape's influences is no great feat - The National and Death Cab for Cutie are in there too - because they bleed through to the surface frequently throughout Carnivore. But that transparency doesn't keep the record from being a massive step forward for one of the city's most ambitious musicians.
As he coped with a deep depression, he sought for the first time to make an album to please himself rather than to impress outsiders. The result, ironically, has been his most acclaimed release to date.
"The Lord" is alternately comforting and harrowing depending on your perspective, but it's fascinating either way. Framing a divine monologue in a swarm of multi-tracked strums synced up intentionally askew, Hape emerged with something like the love child of the Microphones and Sufjan Stevens.
Other moments on Carnivore are more straightforward but just as melancholic. Each track is an orchestra of overdubs drawn from diverse corners of Hape's sonic palette, from the noise explosion of "My Naked Skin" to the swelling grandeur of 'We Were the Sky'." - COLUMBUS ALIVE
"The term 'singer/songwriter' is only about 45 years old now. Critics and fans alike marveled at the brilliance of musicians such as Woody Gutherie, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, and countless others. Current heartthrobs who hold the singer/songwriter tag include Connor Oberst, John Vanderslice, and Elliott Smith.
The pin now also sticks to the lapel of Ohio based artist Jonathan Hape, who may be much younger than those he currently shares the title with while also being equally talented." - DAYTON DAILY NEWS
"This singer/songwriter from Lexington, OH is quite prolific. Armed with a minimal amount of instrumentation, he crafts one gem after another. With a slightly sultry voice, and little more than a whisper, he tells stories that pull you in with their personal minutiae and particulars in regards to relationships in just the most charming ways. Like the music that accompanies it, the lyrics take a subtle and detailed route to carry the story. This guy needs to be on indie-rockers maps, thats for sure."
"With a voice like Appleseed Cast and an Anathallo like smathering of instrumentation, Jonathan will make you stop and listen"
- HM MAGAZINE
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