“Texturally, “No Dreams of Anything” hits the sweet spot. Weissman proves he’s grown as an artist from his time with Sunshine Brothers Inc., and will continue to grow. The EP brings a dichotomy, torn between enjoying a moment to not work towards anything, but a fear of how you can survive if you value this sense of idleness and leisure“
THE WIRE, Nasya Blackshear, Coolhand Jax’s journey to “No Dreams of Anything”
” In just four tracks, Coolhand Jax manages to display his artistry and talent, cementing his place in the musical world. The EP manages to capture the theme of “freedom and fun” exceptionally well, and holds your attention until the very last moment.
There is something for everyone in Coolhand Jax’s music. It manages to evoke feelings of nostalgia while also making you sway to its tunes at the same time. No Dreams of Anything, thus, surpasses all expectations and easily finds a place in the list of records you can’t get over. “
Saachi Gupta, Coolhand Jax ‘No Dreams of Anything’ [SG29] EP Review
“Previously with only two tracks out in the world, Jax has managed to capture the attention of an eager audience as well as critics….His debut EP has been described as “Vulfpeck meets Ariel Pink meets Kevin Parker” — a psych-pop capsule looking back at the neglected beauty of freedom, fun and identity…. in Weissman’s music, there is a little something for everyone. The themes he talks about are universal yet stunningly specific, the tunes he creates are heavy and light, all at once.“
THE LUNA COLLECTIVE, Coolhand Jax “No Dreams of Anything” + Interview
“Coolhand Jax is the project born from laid-back finesse and road-trips of 23-year-old Jake Weissman. Weary of the bedroom-pop branding, Weissman has dubbed his music “backseat pop,” since many of his tracks had their initial beginnings in his car. “Backseat Swinging” is a sunny, windows-down concoction of funky tangled guitars and pixelated keyboard embellishments. The song is part fun, mundane irreverence (love a good Ibuprofen line) and part critique on the institutional ways self-worth and fiscal accomplishment poisonously overlap. Depending on how your ear catches the song, Coolhand Jax will either make you think deeply about the groove or societal ills.”
Margaret Farrell, SNACK BREAK
“A dose of serotonin can often seem like a tall order currently, but music carries the ability to create smiles – even if for only a few minutes. Luckily for listeners everywhere, the smiles Coolhand Jax will produce will last well beyond the three minutes of his debut song, “Backseat Swinging.” The shine of this track is immaculate, the melodies of it nonpareil, and its infectious appeal makes it one of the strongest debuts for an artist, and Atwood Magazine is proud to be premiering it today!
Coolhand Jax might be a new face, but with a strong entrance like “Backseat Swinging,” many would be hard-pressed not to be astonished. Anyone in need of a smile or a feel-good moment, Coolhand Jax is close by, ready to lend a hand. For fans needing more, the debut EP, No Dreams of Anything, will be releasing later this year via Spirit Goth Records” –
ATWOOD MAGAZINE, PREMIERE: “BACKSEAT SWINGING” PROVES TO BE A STELLAR DEBUT FOR COOLHAND JAX
“ Weissman, with a vigor for experimentation, started Coolhand Jax, his latest moniker and new vessel for his musical output. Coolhand Jax’s debut single, “Backseat Swinging,” is scheduled for a June 26 release, and after receiving an early listen (along with the upcoming EP No Dreams of Anything), it’s evident how much a game changer his music will be for the season and beyond.
Infectiously warm, Coolhand Jax embraces a unique “backseat pop” sound, a sound that will listeners dancing and swaying to the beat within the first few seconds. It’s a dreamy and sunny addition to the music scene, and as the world is unraveling upon itself, everyone can use a moment of bliss. Coolhand Jax is geared to provide just that.” –
Atwood Magazine, INTERVIEW WITH COOLHAND JAX: A NEW WARMTH INTO THE MUSIC SCENE