Throughout the 2000s, the string-savvy Paul De Jong played cello and other instruments in the electronic folk outfit the Books. He’s flying solo these days, but his music retains his former band’s springy warmth, using found-sound flourishes to twist organic songs into more mystical creations. We heard this prominently on “Auction Block,” the first single from his upcoming record, IF. Today, De Jong has shared a new song, “This Is Who I Am,” which winds around its own rhythmic center like a lit-up carousel. The song is built around clips of an angry, jilted man shouting into the wind and Jungle Green’s voice reciting the title phrase again and again, a cyclone spinning into oblivion. It sounds like a bitter inner monologue externalized in the form of a pretty cool collage-pop song. Listen below.
Also, De Jong’s new press photo is definitely worth a look: