Image by Taj Shaikh
For lovers of linguistics, Absofacto, the nom de guerre of Michigan musician Jonathan Visger, is actually a pretty good one – meaning, “absolutely, in fact.” So, the absolute opposite of “definitely maybe,” in fact.
The singer-songwriter, now based in Los Angeles, is, in fact, stirring up quite a buzz. After a few years of flying under the radar, his 2015 single “Dissolve” went viral, running up several million plays/views on Spotify/YouTube. Now signed to Atlantic, Absofacto has got an excellent new EP A Thousand Peaces, and a visceral, stripped-down acoustic single and video, “Done With Love” (which BlackBook premieres here). Ethereal songstress/actress Herizen Guardiola (Netflix’ The Get Down) joins him, heartrendingly answering his “Should I wait for you to change your mind?” with her “I felt the need to run / And now I’m not so sure.” It’s an affecting meditation on the romantic uncertainty that stalks virtually every relationship at some point or another.
The accompanying video is beautifully, hauntingly shot in the California desert.
“Herizen and I both are the type to lose track of time and arrive late,” he recalls, “so when we pulled up, the sun was about to disappear behind the mountain. We hurried up and got only one quick take before we lost the light. Thankfully, we lucked out and it made the performance feel really in-the-moment and added a layer of awkward charm.”
Jan 23 – El Rey Theatre – Los Angeles
Jan 25 – Soho Music Club – Santa Barbara
Jan 26 – The Catalyst Atrium – Santa Cruz
Jan 27 – Cornerstone – Berkeley
Jan 30 – Neumos – Seattle
Jan 31 – Fortune Sound Club – Vancouver
Feb 01 – Holocene – Portland
Feb 13 – Brighton Music Hall – Boston
Feb 14 – Coda – Philadelphia
Feb 16 – Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn
Feb 18 – Rock & Roll Hotel – Washington, D.C.
Feb 20 – Terminal West – Atlanta
Feb 21 – Exit-In – Nashville
Feb 23 – The Basement – Columbus, Ohio
Feb 24 – The Hi-Fi – Indianapolis
Feb 25 – Lincoln Hall – Chicago