Songs by Jake O’Neal except where noted Produced by Jake O’Neal and Max Grossman Engineered/Mixed by Colin Bricker Featuring Michael Kang of The String Cheese Incident Album art by Megan McGrain
Musicians Jake O’Neal – Vocals, Guitars Max Grossman – Drums, Bass, Vocals on There There Michael Kang – Electric mandolin on Forces; Electric guitar and electric mandolin on Sex Gun
Yesterday was hectic so I slept early and didn’t even realized I slept with the lights on which I consider a bad habit. I scanned my email upon waking up and found a message from Jake O’Neal of Summa inviting me to listen to the new EP. Yeah it’s fresh from the sonic oven folks. I always find this huge analogy between music and food. I was humming in the shower, few minutes later listening to the songs in the Microlove EP. I got a smile stretched from ear to ear. This is a sweet EP. Full of musical delights that is comparable to a box of dark chocolate. Yum.
The tracks are amazing. They sound fresh and intelligent. The vocals are warm and Mr O’Neal has a good range. I have great respect for singers who sound that way. I describe his voice as having a bit of Glen Phillips with an echo of Nick Drake especially when he starts singing softly. The title track has been out for a while. It’s the carrier single. I think it is also a perfect choice because it is a kind of song that pulls listeners with its warmth and intimate lyrics. So it is definitely a personal favorite.
There are five tracks in the Microlove EP. I will name my second favorite. It’s called There There. The rhythm reminds me Patti Smith and Iggy Pop. This is one of the most beautiful alternative rock tracks I heard this year. If I have a radio show of my own, this EP would occupy the top of the charts because it works! The singing, the melody and the instrumental arrangement all work!