Casper Jones embodies the production style of Healy fused with the songwriting of John Mayer. This rising artist from New York quit his day job as a copywriter to pursue his talents in music and has not turned back since then. Now, his latest video for “Ghost Town” proves these skills.
Jones’s song is a reflection of the pandemic in which he recalled New York City “looking like a ghost town” in the song. During that time, he picked up some inspiration from the lack of people traversing through the streets. “I had just recently bought this tenor ukulele and wanted to try to use it as a main instrument in a track. I recorded the chords and built the production around that”, recalls Jones. The progression from ukulele to the track’s acoustic guitar paid off for the tune.
The song’s lyrics are complex because they can apply to any scale. On a larger scale, it can relate to isolation in quarantine. Also, it can translate into a minute, personal challenge. Whether it’s the world or a past lover, there’s a poetic metaphor in the “changing in the seasons”.
Jones recalled the production for the video over the summer as a memorable one. He and a crew of six people had independently built the office space in the woods and lugged furniture in the summer heat. This amount of dedication to the production shows through the quality of the video’s mise-en-scene.
Jones is a promising artist considering the odds of the music industry. He remembered “… all those sacrifices that come along with pursuing a career as an artist (that) make me way happier than the alternative”. The latest EP by Jones does indicate that artists can craft meaningful music even through a pandemic.
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