Press Kit for Sweet Nothings (Released 07-14-19)
About the album
Sweet Nothings is the third full-length release from Bomethius, the solo project of Dallas-based multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Jonathan Hodges. Without a doubt his strongest and most mature effort to date, Sweet Nothings draws from Hodges’ classical training to explore a range of styles from blues and jazz to minimalism and chamber rock. Echoing the sounds of Andrew Bird, Elliott Smith, and Randy Newman, this mischievous brand of baroque pop channels the frank, existential audits of Hodges’ alter-ego, a disenchanted young man plagued by alienation and shame.
Praise for Sweet Nothings
“A folk masterpiece hiding in plain sight ... aesthetically reasoned and agonizingly deep ... a glowing path through the darkness ... 10/10.” — Atwood Magazine
“Metaphorical and musical brilliance.” — BuzzMusic
“At once incredibly charming and almost uncomfortably relatable ... records like these can keep us hoping and searching.”
— A Diverse Sound
“8/10” — The Album Effect Podcast
Bomethius is the solo project of Dallas-based multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Jonathan Hodges. A capable pianist, guitarist, and vocalist, Hodges has also studied the violin since he was 3 years old. With Bomethius, he draws from his classical training for a mischievous brand of baroque pop that echoes the sounds of Andrew Bird, Elliott Smith, and Randy Newman. Developing the character of the songwriter’s complicated alter-ego, Bomethius doubles as a vehicle for channeling the frank, existential audits of a disenchanted young man plagued by alienation and shame.
Hodges’ first release as Bomethius, Intimatitudes (2017) showcased the songwriter’s tortured wit and impressive command of his instruments to chronicle the internal turmoil of an earnest youth’s coming of age. Another spry meditation on selfhood and doubt, his sophomore record As Roses (2018) achieved a tighter, more refined sound through superior songcraft, vocals, and piano and guitar work. Exploring a range of styles from blues and jazz to minimalism and chamber rock, Sweet Nothings (2019) followed. His strongest and most mature effort to date, Sweet Nothings is Bomethius’ stirring anthem to his own manic strain of indifference — at turns exalted and heartbreaking — tempered by restless obsessions with home, memory, and time.
Hodges graduated from Southern Methodist University in 2019 with a bachelor of music degree in violin performance. His former teachers include Marla Feeney, Alexander Serafimov, Ivan Ženatý, Chee-Yun Kim, and Diane Kitzman.