What “Burns” Most in a Love Cold and Dead, Told by Jonah Sun
Released this month, Jonah Sun’s “Burns” weaves the classically known ’emo’ sound into an hip-hop and rock-mixed emotional spill. This follows previous releases such as the more lighthearted “100 Cats (What’s gonna happen?),” referencing a viral IKEA ad, which can be found here.
Sun is an indie-electronic artist from San Francisco now based in Los Angeles. Utilizing his unique setup of keyboards, midi controllers, vocal effects and drum machines, he creates powerful, emotionally charged music that blends cinematic, piano-driven melodies with dreamy synths and captivating vocals reminiscent of The Postal Service, Cursive and Built to Spill.
“Jonah Sun has blood and bones made of musical notes and rhythm. He’s one of those guys who can pick up any instrument and play you the song you just requested. He’s a natural-born performer known for very experimental sounds, pushing the boundaries of what we think of as hip-hop, indie and electronica. Prepare for the journey.”
“Burns” begins with a smooth and electronic feel. It’s quick to introduce the song’s vibe and what to expect for the remainder of its run time, making the song easy to consume and enjoyable to follow along. Though the instrumentals are beautiful alone, Sun’s voice is what distinguish “Burns” from others like it in the recently released music in the pop and rock genres. Through each verse, Sun perfectly encapsulates the ’emo’ sound that spoke to many of our hearts all that time ago. He speaks of both a pain and love that has come and gone and the difficulties that come when wanting to move forward. By doing this, he arranges a piece that is overall perfect for anyone wanting a nostalgic deep dive into the past.