J. Briozo evolved out of a set of songs that Swallows’ lead singer Jeff Crandall wrote as the Minneapolis-based band was set to return to the studio to record their third full-length album, In the Shadow of the Seven Stars. The acoustic guitar- and piano-based songs that Jeff was working on were written from the perspective of a fictional singer-songwriter named J. Briozo, a persona loosely based his mother’s Portuguese ancestry.
Jeff wasn’t convinced at the time that this would be anything other than a studio project, assuming he’d play most of the parts, and he had no real intentions of conjuring up a band to perform the material.
However, as Swallows began recording In the Shadow of the Seven Stars in one studio, Jeff began recording the basic tracks for Deep in the Waves in another studio across town. Recognizing that his “solo” album had begun to take on a life of its own, Jeff decided to invite members of Swallows to add additional parts to the somewhat open frameworks he had laid out for the songs on the album.
The group composed their parts in the studio, creating psych-pop, rock, jazz, orchestral and folk arrangements for the songs. By the end of the tracking, it was clear that a compelling new sound had developed and a new band concept would needed to support it.
J. Briozo released Deep in the Waves on November 17, 2017.
In memory of Almerinda Irene (Briozo) Crandall (1938-2016)
“Blind is a cool, mellow jazz tune with a layered, lo-fi sound that reminds me of a lot of Beck’s Sea Change and Morning Phase albums. Great start of the day music or when you’re chilling before bed.” – Music Review Roulette
“An atmospheric, psych-pop project conceived by the Minneapolis Americana/roots band, Swallows. The side project is a mesmerizing mix of vocals, guitars, drums and cello.” – Entertainment Guide
J. Briozo is:
Jeff Crandall (Bio)
Vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, bass, piano, organ, percussion, backing vocals
Aaron Kerr (Bio)
Justin DeLeon (Bio)
Brett Hansen (Bio)
Rhythm and lead electric guitars, lap steel, backing vocals
Tyson Allison (Bio)
Percussion, electric guitars, organ, chimes, backing vocals
J. Briozo (Bio)
Trumpet, trombone, saxophone and flute on “Sun Sun True”
Trumpet, trombone and saxophone on “The Big Parade”
Trumpet on “Camera Obscura”
Kimberly Vang and Kallie Bruett
Backing vocals on “The Big Parade” and “Sun Sun True”
Recorded at GilderSound, Forest Lake, MN
Mixed by Randy Gildersleeve, Jeff Crandall and Justin DeLeon
Mastered by J.J. Golden at Golden Mastering, Ventura, CA
Produced by Jeff Crandall
Production assistance by Justin DeLeon and Randy Gildersleeve
Arrangements by Jeff Crandall, Aaron Kerr, Brett Hansen, Jim Baldrica, Justin DeLeon, Tyson Allison and Randy Gildersleeve
Music and lyrics by Jeff Crandall
© 2017 Jeff Crandall, Swallow the Music LLC