head directly north from austin, take a right someplace in middle of kansas, and you might soon find yourself in colombia, missouri. a quiet artistically-thriving midwestern college town that looks and feels a lot like austin. last summer we made that trip on our way to a summer job in chicago but we didn't stop in colombia by accident. we were there to visit jon sheffield.
you may not have heard of jon sheffield before, but you should. his releases have dotted the tiny-electronic-label landscape (most noteably his full length "it's been so long since i've seen the ocean" on then-fledgling tomlab records). jon's back catalog is proflific, with four full length releases and numerous compilation appearances (see the releases page). across them all he has developed a unique and consistent voice. his music is some of the most emotive electronic music we've ever come across. it can be fun and playful and child-like. or it can be sad and reflective and peaceful.
the strange lowfi landscapes that jon constructs have the ability to change the world around you. we recommend listening to jon's music while, driving, while sitting in the sun in the yard, while walking, while sleeping. it'll make the world around you come to life. traffic lights will start blinking happily in sync. leaves will fall peacefully to the ground.
his music might remind you of somethings you've heard before (common comparisons are mouse on mars, nobuzaku takemura's child view, tomlab friend sack and blumm, amoung others) but is truely like nothing else. playful, dreamy, emotional. but we are not people of words. we are people of sounds. check out the downloads hear for yourself (or better yet buy a record!).
so just who is this person? jon sheffield is the a gentle and quiet soul. his biggest passion is his son gabriel, who makes numerous appearances in his records. any question about his son will get jon smiling and proud. during our visit we got breakfast. jon invited us to a house party a few blocks away, and we spent the summer afternoon drinking cheap beers and talking while jon deejayed from a rooftop. i guess in someways the memory or that day has become a part of the music for me...
we got jon to answer a few questions so we could share a bit more with you about this wonderful member of the notenuf family.
Something Left is Never Far (CD)
Out of Print
The strange lo-fi environment that Jon constructs has the ability to change the world around you. We recommend listening to Jon's music while, driving, while sitting in the sun in the yard, while walking, while sleeping. It'll make your surroundings come to life. Traffic lights will start blinking happily in sync. Leaves will fall gently to the ground. His music might remind you of somethings you've heard before (common comparisons are Mouse on Mars, Nobuzaku Takemura's Child View alias, or Sack and Blumm, among others) but is truly like nothing else. Weird, playful, dreamy.