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Alt-Songwriter Jon Bryant Takes Listeners On A Soul-Searching Journey With New EP Psychidyllic Salutations

Today, alternative singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jon Bryant releases his dynamic and euphoric new EP ‘PsychIdyllic Salutations’ via Nettwerk

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Over the course of five songs, Bryant proves his prowess as a songwriter and storyteller, weaving together funky, soulful lyricism between tender moments of intense self-reflection.

“The ep started as a meandering trip into uncharted waters,” explains Bryant. “When writing I, I felt like a sailboat. I had no plan or vision. I’d show up floating in an ocean of sounds, throw up my sail and let the creative winds take me wherever they wanted me to go, picking up rhythm and melodies along the way. For me, [PsychIdyllic Salutations] is a stream of consciousness wrapped up in a blanket of melodramatic sensibilities, soaring ethereal arcs and emotional vibrations…or maybe it’s something your friend heard playing over the loudspeakers at Rona, shazamed and then told you to check out over waffles at brunch…”

Lead single ‘Candied Tangerines’ expresses the farthest reaches of funk-filled R&B for Bryant, inspired by a visit to Los Angeles for an iconic poolside ‘Sunday Funday,’ the tracks oozes with sun-kissed rhythm. ‘Lightspeed’ showcases Bryant’s pop sensibility with a euphoric chorus. Tender moments like ‘Tied Up’ and Seafoam Green Apartment’ see Bryant at his most vulnerable, with touching lyrics reflecting on themes of struggle and dealing with change. The latter struck a particularly resonant chord with fans. The captivating side-by-side visuals on the music video amassed over 500k views in a matter of days. – 

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Life was good when Jon Bryant got the inspiration for what was going to become his funky, soulful ‘Psychidyllic Salutations’ EP. It was early 2020, when bars and restaurants were still very much open—and Bryant, while visiting Los Angeles, had dropped by the historic Sportsmen’s Lodge Hotel pool for a lazy Sunday lounge. But what started out as a solo mission for a margarita and a dip turned into a much more substantial social affair, as a larger group took Bryant into their party’s wing.

It wasn’t long after that experience that Bryant found himself back at home in Vancouver, with the world shutting down. The polar contrast of going from “being more alive than ever” to being stuck inside kept bringing him back to that perfect day in LA, which had eventually turned into a perfect night as well. So, Bryant decided to write music about it, following up his acclaimed 2019 LP ‘Cult Classic’, written in the aftermath of leaving the NXIVM cult, and the subsequent EPs, ‘Half Bad’ and ‘Back to Love’.

Listening to it, you’d imagine Bryant wrote the tracks as they appear, flowing into one another, but the EP’s 6 songs were the laborious result of a self-applied challenge to write 50 songs in 50 days. In the end, he actually had more than 50 songs. He revisited the full batch with fresh ears, looking for the ones that gave him goosebumps. By the time he whittled it down to 6 tracks, he found the story of his wild 24 hours in LA looking back at him.

The end result is one of the most wide-ranging releases of Bryant’s career.

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