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Jon Bryant is a true artist whose popularity within the international music industry is growing and certainly leaving a lasting impression with his unique musical style of haunting-ambient dream-folk and singer/songwriter roots.
The Halifax-born and Vancouver-based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist explores the conundrum of connection on his full-length debut for Nettwerk, Cult Classic.
"Over the past few years I've really become a skeptic. Thanks to social media, politics, religion and news media, etc.," he explains. "Many songs on the album reflect that skepticism and emphasize the ways I've evolved as both a writer and person; spiritually, mentally and emotionally."
The artist's personal path simultaneously twisted and turned in the most unexpected of ways, eventually leading him from Seattle to Vancouver. New in town, Bryant sought connection, so he joined an undisclosed organization at the urging of a close friend who also belonged to this -- we'll call it a "group."
"I had my reservations, but I didn't want to shy away from something that engendered so much excitement," he admits. "I was fascinated because my friend was fascinated. The people were lovely and some of what they were teaching was very useful and tangible. However, as I went deeper, this weird dynamic started happening among my new friends. I was once told that, 'Falling into a belief system is like dying in your sleep, you don't notice when it happens.' After learning details about some very troubling events within the group, I left. Following my departure, my fascination with cults began to percolate. This curiosity influenced my writing and became a framework for the album's concept."