Today’s date of release for G Jones’s new EP, Tangential Zones, is no coincidence. With titles such as “222/Unknowable”, it’s easy to see that today’s date is 123 and not an arbitrarily chosen Tuesday. Being born on January 23, or also 123, there’s not much more that could make this release more sentimental. The tracks on this EP have coexisted in his The Ineffable Truth sets for quite some time and there isn’t a more appropriate way for the project to be introduced other than as an epilogue, as it truly is one. I sat down to understand what a “tangential zone” is and came to find how profoundly synonymous it was to an epilogue by definition. It’s this level of attention to detail that makes G Jones a one of a kind producer. In fact, I can’t think of many artists who dedicate epilogues to their albums.
Coming to us from his own Illusory Records, Tangential Zones fills in the blanks and completes the narrative created in G Jones’s previous album, The Ineffable Truth. The EP’s sounds are reminiscent of its predecessor and sometimes even borrow motifs. For example, “See Right Through” may sound familiar as it echoes “That Look In Your Eye” from the previous project. With flippant break-beat bass and ruminating messages, it’s easy to see why G Jones has earned the respect of many esteemed artists such as Aphex Twin, Porter Robinson, RL Grime, and many more.
Listening to this project as a stand-alone for the first time felt like talking with an old friend, perhaps I was. I can remember many moments where I heard a tune live being used as a vessel for the odyssey between two tracks off of the previous album, being so struck that it held familiarity and was still unique on its own. Even more impressive is G Jones’s ability to warp time through trippy soundscapes, making three minutes tracks feel like 20 seconds and 20 minutes simultaneously. It’s easy to say that this is one of my favorite releases of the year being that The Ineffable Truth was one of my, and Porter Robinson’s, favorites from 2018. Take a moment to voyage through time and sounds and check out G Jones’ latest release Tangential Zones below, enjoy!
* Feature Image via Lauren Marrone*