A Lot of Talent in Here
Jonah Matranga no longer wants to be entirely anonymous. After five years under the moniker onelinedrawing, Matranga has released the solo CD/DVD Thereâ€šÃ„Ã´s A Lot In Here under his own name. The disc documents Jonahâ€šÃ„Ã´s ultimate DIY tour with his trusty guitar and R2-D2 drum machine, playing in friendâ€šÃ„Ã´s houses and the occasional actual venue.In an age of computer mixed music and faceless fans, Jonah Matrangaâ€šÃ„Ã´s stripped down sound gives hope to the singer-songwriter. Such earnest lyrics and dedication to fans (which is greatly returned) likens Jonah to an older Chris Carrabba. â€šÃ„ÃºLivinâ€šÃ„Ã´ Smallâ€šÃ„Ã¹ features Matranga performing live in a living room, right in front of an Audrey Hepburn picture on the wall. Despite people coming and going, plus a cell phone ring interrupting, Jonah could very well be putting on a sold out show at Madison Square Garden. Each track displays not only Jonah Matrangaâ€šÃ„Ã´s talent, but gives a sense of his connection with his audience. He will even stop mid-song to give his thoughts on topics from the song writing process to bumper sticker politics. On â€šÃ„ÃºCrush on Everyone,â€šÃ„Ã¹ Jonah manages the difficult task of singing acapella while joking with the crowd in between verses. Matrangaâ€šÃ„Ã´s songs cover all spectrums of emotion: â€šÃ„ÃºHostageâ€šÃ„Ã¹ paints the haunting picture of a relationship gone wrong as a criminal situation, while the use of R2-D2 sounds in â€šÃ„ÃºSmileâ€šÃ„Ã¹ are enough on their own to make anyone happy.
Now Jonah Matrangaâ€šÃ„Ã´s name has been spread, and new fans are converted on a daily basis. Whether his next tour stop is abroad or in a basement, everyone present is sure to be captivated by a unique and personal show.