Both me being Romanian and the album’s title have nothing to do with the music itself or any influences it may posses, although it would’ve been nice to hear a melodious repertoire of consequtive Romanian names: Ion, Gheorghe, Andrei, Marius, Maria, Alexandru …. Tibi :).
Instead, what JV wanted to pull off with this LP was this:
“On a superficial level, my goal was to write a bunch of shorter, faster songs that were all about melody lines. It was just about vocal melody and developing harmonies and making a pop record.
Mission accomplished if you ask me. Just follow his live bootlegs, that feature Romanian Names tracks, on You Tube and you’ll see what I mean. His latest single, “Fetal Horses,” is somewhat longer, but trust me, you’d wish it lasted an eternity after you first sample it. A perfect example of JV songwriting – catchy hooks, beautiful harmonies, multiple instruments and soothing vocals. Beautiful.
Romanian Names is out May 19th on Dead Oceans.