New York, NY (Top40 Charts)
Jonah Mutono - the songwriter once known for his mysterious sound and persona under the pseudonym Kidepo - releases his "beautiful" (The Daily Beast) debut album GERG, out on True Panther / EQT Recordings. GERG is a response to a trying personal time for Jonah
— deportations, visa troubles, dealing with his family and a secret relationship — that yielded a creative explosion of songs. NPR Music
draws connections to "the cool vulnerability of Frank Ocean
and the sleek balladeering of Khalid," but Jonah
imbues his music with a unique biographical specificity. Whether he's discussing discrimination on "Smith Johnson Williams Brown" or pining for a traditional happy ending on "1949," Jonah's songwriting is empathetic and vulnerable as he explores what he describes as "the most human aspects of feeling dehumanized."
Recently, Elton John
featured Jonah's track "Circulation" on his Rocket Hour show on Beats 1 Radio. Pigeons and Planes, in naming Jonah
one of its Best New Artists, describes the track as "powerful...a theatrical, expansive leap," and them named it one of 10 New Songs By Queer
Artists You Need To Hear.
penned a personal essay for The Daily Beast, detailing the relationship that inspired the stories portrayed on GERG. Take a look here:https://bit.ly/2VKlJAd
sat down with NPR World Cafe to perform live and discuss elements of his new project. Take a look/listen to his interview and performance here:https://n.pr/3dJM0Vd
Stream/Order GERG here: https://smarturl.it/JMGERG
Praise for Jonah
Mutono and GERG:
"Jonah Mutono's infectious, blissed-out R&B reflects on a desire for comfort and community amid arrangements that meet at the midpoint between the cool vulnerability of Frank Ocean
and the sleek balladeering of Khalid." - NPR Music
"Powerful...a theatrical, expansive leap."
- Pigeons & Planes
"Beautiful...Mutono writes about finding romance and embracing his queer self."
- The Daily Beast
"A fresh level of artistry."
"A more expansive, open sound for Mutono...hypnotic." - them
"Enamoring." - Variance Mag
GERG Track Listing
Smith Johnson William Brown
If You Mean It
I'll See You