Friday 15 December 2017

Music: Jonny by Jonny ***


John Meagher

John Meagher

Fans of intelligent pop are likely to be sent into something of a tizzy with the very thought of this new project which unites Scotland and Wales in the form of Teenage Fanclub leader Norman Blake and the more fringe talents of Euros Childs. The latter's band Gorki's Zygotic Mynci was responsible for one of the 90s great curios, Barafundle.

Both men know their way around a smart tune better than most, and there is no shortage of little gems here. The lovely Candyfloss clocks in at a perfect three minutes and could have emerged from Hamburg-era Beatles, while Circling the Sun abounds in West Coast harmonies.

All too often, though, the songs are slight and that's not just down to a run-time under two minutes on three numbers. And the whiff of Status Quo can be discerned too, not least on underwhelming opener Wich is Wich.

For the most part, Childs takes a back seat although his penchant for expansive, wilfully experimental music gets time to shine on the 10-minute long Cave Dance, which, in its mad, tangential way, offers a hint at what might have happened had George Martin and the Beach Boys got together at their most experimental.

Burn it: Candyfloss; Circling the Sun

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