Video: Bomethius “Traffic”

Here is the latest single from Dallas singer-songwriter Jonathan Hodges, who performs as Bomethius. ‘Traffic’ was inspired a common-place incident on Highway 75.  Hodges was cut off by another driver.  Not unusual.  But then, angered by the other driver’s recklessness, Hodges saw other cars slowing and pulling over.  There’d been a major accident with at least one fatality.  There followed a period of introspection and reflection, ultimately leading to this song and the new album, ‘Season’s of Limbo’, due out on 26th March.

Hodges says of the song: “I hated the guy who cut me off because I felt superior to and threatened by his senselessness, and I pitied the victims of the wreck because it made me aware of what could just as easily have happened to me.  In both cases my reactions were really just all about me, and it occurred to me that we don’t love strangers until after they’re victims.”  This sort of deeper thought and analysis is matched by this reflective, thought-provoking video.  Hodge’s vocal is understated yet melodic and engaging.  His lyrics are smart and fresh, with lines like: “We ignored you alive // But now we want a view,” speaking of our inconsistent relationships and perceptions of others.

A talented individual, who was classically trained on the violin from the age of three, Hodges has worked with ten different musicians to create and record the new album.  He explains what it was like putting the album together: “It’s my most accessible record yet, and also my most collaborative.  And even though I was working on it well before the pandemic started, it seems fitting that it’s called ‘Seasons of Limbo’. This has been a season of limbo for all of us, and the album reflects that. I find it a bit hilarious that my most collaborative record to date was recorded during the single most isolating period of my, or hopefully any existence – and I was home-schooled! ‘Seasons of Limbo is a record that seeks to bring hope to people, but to be honest I wrote it to bring hope to myself. Whereas in the past I may have spent too much time trying to write clever songs that fed into the idiosyncratic manic indifference of my alias, on this record I endeavoured to write sincere songs that made me feel better; that ministered to my hurts and anxieties; that felt like I had actually said something that could perhaps even be misconstrued as truth; and some days I like to hope that I almost succeeded.  What I hope this record does is exemplify the innermost struggle to remember the big picture, to love people, to be grateful, and to laugh, especially when we feel like we’re in the outermost circle of hell. ”  Check it out.

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From up north but now hiding in rural Suffolk. An insomniac music-lover. Love discovering new music to get lost in - country, singer-songwriters, Americana, rock...whatever. Currently enjoying Nils Lofgren, Ferris & Sylvester, Tommy Prine, Jarrod Dickenson, William Prince, Frank Turner, Our Man in the Field...
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