Jason Bartell is a man of many layers, proving difficult to dissect. So let’s rewind all the way back to art school where it all started, of course. While studying at RISD in 2005, Bartell joined a band that originally existed as a class project – Fang Island. Describing their energetic, math-rock sound as “everyone high-fiving everyone,” they knew how to have fun with their music. And right then and there they were met with a variety of successes as Fang Island began to gain traction from Pitchfork, SXSW, and Billboard.
Nowadays, it seems Fang Island has hit the pause button. However, Bartell is finding other mediums to cultivate his art right here in Brooklyn. You’ll find him building his portfolio with hyper-realistic charcoal drawings of grills (the Nelly kind, not George Foreman) as well as playing guitar for a handful of shows, both solo and with local bands.
Wins is one of Bartell’s latest projects, a collaboration with folky singer-songwriter, Cassandra Jenkins (who he also met at RISD). Jenkins, who just played her stellar and well-received CMJ show earlier this month, offers her haunting vocals on top of Bartell’s dynamic, Fang Island-esque guitar melodies. Just recently did these old time chums decide to make music together and amazedly, we ask, “why’d it take so long?” Listen to their only song out right now, “Arrow,” below and see for yourself. You’ll find your mind getting lost in Jenkins’ vocals and your body swaying to Bartell’s guitar licks.
Wins will be opening along with Steven A. Clark for Sinkane’s show at LPR on 11/11! Come early, because you don’t want to miss some awesome local/fresh/organic/farm-raised NYC talent.