EP number 2 in the short lived EP series that i was planning.
THE MAG -
Lonesome Jonesome is one interesting project. Derby-based musician Chris Jones writes material that is at once both intensely melodic and insanely quirky. Armed only with an acoustic guitar and some curiously yelped falsetto vocals, this should be a musical bad traffic accident, but it is far from that.
Clocking in with four songs and just under nine minutes' playing time, this EP is over all too soon and leaves the listener craving more. 'Shopgirls' the opener, gets you in the mood, before 'I Don't Like Your Happiness' passes by in what seems like a flash. 'The Eater' has a stunning slide guitar-sounding riff and more melodies which defy you to sing along, while closer 'You've Got a McDonalds' closes things off with yet more quirk for your pound.
This is certainly unusual stuff, but is great to hear such an imaginative project being birthed and finding an audience. This EP is just one of several recordings Chris has produced, and I would venture that they are all worth checking out. If you want to journey to the places your mind never lets you go, let Lonesome Jonesome help you along the way.
HIGH VOLTAGE -
As singer/songwriters go the standards set by Derby's Lonesome Jonesome will take some surpassing. Unconventional and poignant to the core, 'Brain Dump' is a showcase of distinction. The lad has got a beautiful relationship with his guitar, as this Pixies-on-Temazepam 4-song release demonstrates to scintillating effect.
Opener 'Shopgirls' is awash with DIY vocal layers over the central riff. Followed by the short but insistent 'I Don't Like Your Happiness', the total lack of commercial potential is celebrated in the 21-year old's wild and rootsy singing style.
Psychotic hooks and descending scales litter this path to self-sanctification. Harmonic and unstable, 'The Eater' winds in on itself like a foetal kick in the bollocks, whilst the blurred arpeggio of 'You've Got A McDonalds' vibrates with cold, dark, wet truths.
Without so much as a sideways glance at the competition, this is the work of a single-minded artist whose oddball take on the world around him makes for compulsive listening.
released February 1, 2007
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