Seattle songwriter j.wong revels in narrative, telling the stories of better and worse days, of reinvention, of failed relationships and the feeling that you can never be enough for the one you love. On his first full-length, j.wong and the Statue of Corrupted Endeavor, he travels the country-tinged road of Bill Callahan or Sharon Van Etten’s Epic, interweaving upbeat chords with melancholy lyrics to create a sound both beautiful and haunting.

Born in Honolulu and raised in a small town in the Pacific Northwest, j.wong was a founding member of the math-rock band Rand Univac, which also included James Pants and members of Velella Velella. His debut EP, j.wong & the popular butchers, was released in 2010, and he has shared the stage with artists such as Frank Black of The Pixies, David Bazan, Damien Jurado, Mark Eitzel, and Modern English.