So we just received a copy of Jonathan Denmark’s Books record. First off, we’ve never gotten music mail in such unique packaging, or mail in general. The packaging is an encyclopedia volume. Specifically, it’s Volume 5 of a Funk & Wagnalls Standard Reference Encyclopedia, including the terms Bubonic through Cellular. What better way to ship the Books release than in a book with Funk in the title? That’s right. Denmark’s agent sends out his releases proper.
At any rate, it’s a great EP. Favorite tracks include “More to Expect,” “Arizona,” “Great Dietitian,” and “Blessing.” Needless to say, we like this blend of acoustic/indie rock, experimental electronic music, and hip hop Denmark has put together. It’s hard to classify Denmark’s music, but that’s part of what makes it different.
There are also pieces of food for thought spread throughout the EP. For instance, “a gift is not a blessing if it causes you more stress,” from the track “Blessing.” How true this statement is, but people don’t commonly acknowledge that gifts can be burdens. In fact, you could even get accused of being spoiled or cynical if you try to explain why a gift causes you stress.