Jono McCleery has been fairly quiet since his 2015 collaborations with Portico on “Living Fields” and Maribou State on “Portraits”, prior to releasing his third album “Pagodes”.
The silence was broken last week with “Ingenue” a stunning reworking of the Atoms For Peace song.
With the incredible living and breathing harmonium (reed organ) played by Steve Pringle (Michael Kiwanuka) at its foundation, Jono’s vocal performance was recorded in one take with additional percussion and bass by Dan See (Jamie Woon / Nick Mulvey) and Milo Fitzpatrick (Portico Quartet) respectively. Tim Rowkins, the producer with whom Jono worked on “Pagodes”, stitched everything together.
McCleery explains “The chorus melody was the first thing that hit me about this track, and was instantly stuck in my head all day long… in a good way. Then as I began to learn the song the lyrics became more symbolic, particularly the lyric ‘Seeds of a dandelion blow away’ – the notion of letting go, and the idea that hope is fragile.”
The release comes with remixes from acclaimed British producer Synkro. We’re not going to say much else, as the music speaks for itself!
Taken from ‘Ingenue’ out now via Counter Records – buy here.