One Track Mind: Jon Kanis, “Make A Wish” from Fundamentalism Is The Only Way (2014)

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Slated to appear on Jon Kanis’ upcoming album Fundamentalism Is The Only Way, “Make A Wish” which consolidates poetic flash with musical aesthetics to mood-altering effects.

Centered on the stark and strummy sound of an acoustic guitar, the song is punctured with puffy and polished background harmonies, providing a nice contrast and balance of bare-bones folk rock and shrewdly-constructed pop. Executed with courage and confidence, this track is also highlighted by Jon’s gritty but grand vocals that boldly drive the message home.

Frugally arranged, yet intense, “Make A Wish” is a real keeper. And if it’s any indicator of what Fundamentalism Is The Only Way offers, we can look forward to a whole set of melodiously mindful songs. So, until the album arrives, savor this song and don’t forget to check out Jon’s previous recordings if you haven’t done so already.

Beverly Paterson

Beverly Paterson

Beverly Paterson was born the day Ben E. King hit No. 4 with "Stand By Me" -- which is actually one of her favorite songs, especially John Lennon's version. She's contributed to Lance Monthly and Amplifier, and served as Rock Beat International's associate editor. Paterson has also published Inside Out, and Twist & Shake. Contact Something Else! at reviews@somethingelsereviews.com.
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