Published Nov 16, 2016Every couple of years, a few visionary musicians develop a new rock paradigm, giving the genre fresh blood in spite of those ready to call its death. Accordingly, there's been a resurgence of inventive, unapologetic psych rock recently, spreading good vibes across indie music blogs and streaming services playlists alike; what was an undercurrent is slowly but surely becoming the cornerstone of a charmed era for alternative rock music.
Among the disciples of this movement are Jons, a quartet from Victoria, BC making foggy jams full of noodling guitar riffs and smooth, spacy grooves. On their second album, the aptly titled At Work on Several Things, the band get busy with 13 tracks, most of which clock in under the three-minute mark. With these home recordings, the band display a certain taste for lo-fi production, making the genre their own and maintaining their subtle aesthetic throughout the album. While there are a couple standouts (the upbeat "D Drum," the Krautrock-infused "Everything Happens to You"), At Work on Several Things works better as a whole, as if every song was a segment flowing seamlessly into the next. (Independent)