Korn Frontman Jonathan Davis Goes Melodic on ‘What It Is’ – Song Review

Story and photo by Anne Erickson

Korn frontman Jonathan Davis has been teasing the release of new solo material, and now, it’s finally here. Davis has unleashed a new track named “What It Is,” the first single off his upcoming solo debut album. The song is a divergence from Korn’s rhythmic tracks, with soaring vocals and a backdrop of piano and strings. It has an airy, celestial vibe, and really shows off Davis’ vocal range. “What It Is” is available for digital download, and you can also watch the emotion-drenched music video for the track via YouTube below.

Davis has been working on ideas for his solo album since 2007. According to a statement, the Korn singer was writing and recording on the road, and he personally laid down guitar, keys and everything possible on the new set. Davis also recorded the music primarily live, which was “a departure from Korn’s heavily calculated, meticulous, studio approach to creation.”

“It took 10 years, and I’m so glad this project is finally out,” Davis added in the statement. “It is something that is very close to me and I’m excited for the world to finally hear it. This time, I’m pulling something out of the audience.”

Davis also explained that he hopes his solo work will “pull listeners in a different direction,” adding, “I’m taking them out of that dark place and into somewhere that’s spiritual, positive, and makes them really think.” He went on to say that he has “changed lives with Korn” but wants to open minds with his solo material.

Davis is expected to release his debut solo album sometime this summer. If the rest of the album follows the path of “What It Is,” fans should expect to see a different, refreshing side of Davis. The new album will arrive on Sumerian Records.

Publication date: January 27, 2018

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