After fronting Neva Dinova for more than 15 years which included five full-lengths, a split EP, and countless tours, he packed up his dog and moved from his native Omaha to his girlfriend’s hometown of Los Angeles. Two days before he left he recorded 18 demos with musician and engineer Ben Brodin (Before the Toast and Tea, Conor Oberst) at Brodin’s insistence. Once in L.A., Bellows got a job installing sliding-glass doors and sold his Les Paul to buy a Datsun pick-up truck.
Though he had no plans to form a new band, he played the occasional solo show, performed with Whispertown, and continued to write songs. In early 2011, an invitation arrived from Omaha’s Film Streams Theater for Jake’s old friend Ryan Fox (Our Fox, The Good Life), also living on the West Coast, to perform an original live film score. Fox enlisted Bellows and Brodin to collaborate and the trio began to compose and discuss improvisational ideas over long-distance. Since they were all going to be in Omaha and had a long history of playing in each other’s bands, Brodin and Fox nudged Bellows into booking studio time to record some of his dormant songs.
Excited to release the new material on their own terms the band put out a preview EP on cassette, Help, at the end of 2012. The new music is underpinned by philosophical conviction and shaped by an interest in physics, cosmology and mythology. Bellows returned to music with a renewed sense of the intrinsic value of art and its ability to express the commonality of human experience. Bellows believes that songs change the fabric of the universe through the very frequencies they emit. As such, the record attempts to create the world he wants to see instead of reflect the world that is. “Our theory of the beginning of the universe is the big bang - a sound,” Bellows said. “What gave birth to the universe is our one tool that we can change the universe with.”
His debut full-length, New Ocean, offers a mix tape of different kinds of songs hanging out on one record – left turns into drunk-in-the-sun bossa nova, blue-eyed-soul ruptured by fuzz guitar, love songs that are not necessarily ballads despite their introspective gauziness.
released August 6, 2013
Engineered by Ben Brodin and Bobby Rubalcava
Mixed by Ben Brodin
Mastered by Carl Saff
All songs by Jake Bellows
Pearl Lovejoy Boyd
I find myself comparing this album to Happy Hollow a lot. They're both reflections of specific times that show both how much and how little things have changed. There's no "Into the Fold" to lull you into a false sense of security on 'Get Fixed'. The closest we get is "Marigolds", which is both more dissonant and desperate and reads more like a personal testimony. 'Get Fixed' is the sound of your own home collapsing on top of you. It's the sound of the end. A great album for garbage times. menee
Supermoon is a great project and the mix of Morgan and Jake’s voices work so well together. With folk rock and country elements i find myself humming these tunes all day. I am a huge fan of the clever lyrics and the hooks. It’s lovingly put together and Jake shines just as much Morgan. Especially on Prepared to Lose, the vulnerability is palpable but also so relatable. Jonathan London