Jann Klose: Mosaic

Jann Klose is a German-born musician who has traveled to Kenya, South Africa and Hamburg before coming to the States as an exchange student in Cleveland. Mosaic is a collection of nine original songs with a cover of Tim Buckley’s “Song To The Siren.” The record starts off with the fast-paced “Make It Better.” Upbeat acoustic chords are copied to the electric guitar as it maintains the rhythm and pace of the number. The organ and drums are strong and stand out in between vocal phrases. “Know What’s Right” follows the same pattern as the first track and empty spaces are filled with various instruments in between vocals. Klose has a great pop rock voice and the music plays well to this strength. The strongest cuts on the album are “The Kite” and “Beautiful One.” They showcase his brilliant and versatile vocals as well as his ability to create arrangements with different instruments.

“Beautiful One” begins with a banjo, features a violin, and includes guest vocals from Carrie Newcomer. “The Kite” features a flute, oboe and a violin, which helps bring out the emotion Klose creates. He can play many different styles, featuring slower-paced and upbeat songs. “Four Leaf Clover” features a ukulele, grooving drums and incredibly catchy guitars. Multiple vocals provide backup for Klose as the track comes to an end. The stripped down “Still” allows the audience to hear nothing but an acoustic guitar and Klose’s vocals.

Jann Klose has traveled from various different areas before coming to the U.S. Because of this, he was introduced to many cultures, and it’s reflected in his music. Mosaic features pop rock music with elements of folk, reggae, blues and everything in between. This is a solid listen with something for any music fan.

In A Word: Diverse