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Oaks With Rushes

by Jemo

JEMO is acoustic alternative rock in the vein of Ben Harper, Dave Matthews Band, Jeff Buckley... sincere, meaningful, groovy music.
Genre: Rock: Acoustic
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Album Notes
After years in the scene, JEMO has become a complete and awesome live experience, fueled by the artistic talents, passions, and joys of Toronto musicians Jeff Dantowitz, James Bastable, and Micheal Beauclerc.

Multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Jeff Dantowitz incorporated his poems and experiments into the seven songs on the first JEMO album, released in 2001. It is currently in rotation on several radio stations in North America, and reached "heavy rotation" on two US college radio stations: WRSU in New Jersey, and WUEV in Indiana. After interviews and frequent play on CIUT and CJAM, JEMO's first release earned respect as a consummate piece of indie experimentation.

Over the course of five years, playing intense and awesome live shows at legendary Toronto venues like Sneaky Dee's, Holy Joe's, and the Free Times Cafe, or on the streets of Ottawa's WestFest, the JEMO reputation for passionate live shows became evermore exceeding. LABEL RECORDS recognized the talent and potential, and stepped into the picture in 2005. JEMO is now proud to work with the Canadian label to produce as much beautiful sound and meaningful music as possible.

After releasing "The Six-Fingered Salmagundi" in 2005, a live album recorded at Toronto's Renaissance Cafe, Jeff Dantowitz went into the studio with bassist James Bastable (formerly The Daybreak/October) and Yamaha-sponsored drummer Michael Beauclerc. The result is "Oaks With Rushes"... JEMO's most pleasing and accessible album to date.

In July 2006, JEMO toured Eastern Canada to support this new blend of exotic sounds and infectious rhythms. The album is already receiving comparisons to the pitch of Radiohead, Ben Harper, The Dave Matthews Band, David Gray, Jeff Buckley. In the past year, JEMO has taken their energy and music to some of Toronto's biggest stages: the Lula Lounge and Lee's Palace.

What is JEMO? JEMO is a mesmerizing blend of musical poetry, an aggressive acoustic alternative... Idolizing the glorious careers of bands like U2 and Pink Floyd, JEMO approaches the alternative rock genre with healthy abandon: pushing and pulling the boundaries of expression. Sincere, meaningful, groovy music: one true song after another.

Quotes about JEMO:

"Jemo is able to maintain the listener's attention through sheer emotion and lyrics that are simultaneously personal and universal... Whether soft finger-picking as in 'Hamsterboy' or rendering ballads through a sleepy legato haze, as in 'Antiseptic,' Jemo's distinct melodies are reflected in both his dexterous guitar playing and his animated singing, a rare feat unless you're the late great Jeff Buckley or David Gray... A commercial breakthrough is only a major chord away. Stay tuned to Jemo."
Tom Semioli
Minor 7th Magazine (USA)

"Jemo is full of very deep truths and emotions which can be delved into only after you get past the power of the music... The first time I saw jemo perform I cried, astonished by the intense emotion of his music."
Sara Jane
Drown Soda Magazine (Canada)

"I loved the first jemo album a lot, especially the juxtaposition between singer-songwriter and noise/electronic elements... Great dynamics."
Tony Dale
Camera Obscura Records (Australia)

"Jemo is unbelievable... mind-blowing."
Dan Tait
The Euphoria (Canada)

"The music is dark and very emotional - perfect for any crowd."
Tara Sales
Seahorse Music Inc. (Canada)

Referring to the first album: "An awesome experiment in the one-man-band genre."
Gill Rickson
URY 1350AM (UK)

"The disc shows off Jemo's musical versatility... One of my absolute favourites."
Ryan Gowland
Friction Magazine (USA)

"Great Music! Awesome voice! Soulful and emotional! Love it! Keep it coming!"
Never More Than Less (Canada)

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Jane Musoke-Nteyafas

"Captivating, soul-infusing, emotionally-charged, intoxicating and deep. Jeff, the main singer has a sexy voice and the entire band are born musicians. Jemo's music seeps through your bones and blood and literarily gets you high...! Mainstream is only steps away!

First saw them at the BENEFIT FOR EAST AFRICA concert at Lula Lounge, Toronto, on August 6th 2006 and I am hooked! Jemo is a must-listen to!"


memorable, riveting
Jemo shows are the best! You will love this CD!

Big Rock Finish

well thought out and carefully executed rock music
it’s sort of rock, but not a heavy rock, but rather a very well thought out and carefully executed rock music that i could never fathom anyone being able to replicate it, but is awesome. it’s heavy with emotion and almost haunting in a way because of the lyrics and instruments blending so well together. it doesn’t fit a lifestyle or a genre.