Jonathan Something is a gift that keeps on giving. The Brooklyn, Connecticut native (née Jon Searles) put out an album last year, but he’s still giving us bonus tracks, starting with “For All My Life" -- a catchy, Western-tinged, acoustic ditty chronicling an existential crisis (or maybe rather the lack thereof).
JS has a way with words that I can’t really put my finger on. It’s not that his words are poetic, per se. What he says is actually rather direct and straightforward, and it feels more like you’re reading through a letter written to a penpal. The same absurd imagery from his album is there, but this time it’s somehow even more… unbothered? I mean that in the best way, I promise. There’s something earnest and liberated about the things he says, and the song is surprisingly breezy for the weight of what he’s actually saying.
Maybe it’s about coming to terms with the fact that you’ll never quite understand life, or maybe it’s about understanding just enough to know better than to worry about it. But maybe neither of those are worded right.
“For All I Know” is out now on Solitaire Recordings. You can hear it here. And remember, this is just the first of three bonus singles, so keep your eyes and ears peeled, friends.