Jason Horodyski carves out evocative songs in a vehement and wistful tenor, infusing each with a natural imagery and dreamlike mysticism reminiscent of Leonard Cohen, Conor Oberst and Nick Drake. His debut record, Two Maple Keys, was featured in the Denver Westword’s top local albums of the year in 2012. Maudlin Magpie, the moniker he often plays under, performed a live studio session on Colorado Public Radio as well as at the national Denver Post UMS festival the following year. After undergoing numerous transformations from solo acoustic singer-songwriter to small chamber ensembles that included the viola, saw, glockenspiel and organ, the project reached its crescendo as a fully realized four-piece rock band in time for the album release party. A slew of local shows ensued in support of the record before the group would go on indefinite hiatus later that Fall. Since that time, Jason has performed with other musicians and projects, including Synesthete, Time, A Thousand Vows and Balena. He continues to write his own blend of magical realist folk, grounded in the firm roots of his most beloved project.
The band has shared bills with such diverse acts as Christopher Paul Stelling, Ian Cooke, Joe Sampson, Time, Candy Claws, Mike Marchant, Mouthful of Thunder, Coast West Unrest, Team Awesome!, Papa Bear, Ricky Stein, Dear Rabbit, the Bedsit Infamy, Bearsnail, Architect, Munster Boogie, Sour Boy Bitter Girl, Max Davies, Paen, Thrifty Astronaut and Otem Relik.
Maudlin Magpie’s debut album, Two Maple Keys, features Robin Walker of Cougar Pants, Adan Hernandez of Des Tours and Tall City of the Nicotine Fits.