September 18, 2014

songbytoad:

NEW JONNIE COMMON SINGLE! From ‘Trapped in Amber’, the new Jonnie Common album out on 31st October 2014 on vinyl, CD and download.
www.jonniecommon.com/
songbytoadrecords.com/artists/jonnie-common/

On previous album Master of None:
“I love this record’ - Lauren Laverne (6 Music)
“Skewed-pop amble … a lo-fi electro-folk wonder” - The List
“understated cooing over the minutiae of every day life … transformed into bouncing astral straddling ditties” - Drowned In Sound

Jonnie Common makes some of the strangest noises ever to be combined into such catchy, digestible pop songs.

His first album Master of None came out on the awesome Manchester-based imprint Red Deer Club in 2011, and its combination of pathos, humour and charm made it a firm favourite, particularly amongst the Scottish underground music scene.

I suppose you’d have to call this stuff electronic pop, and while a lot of the music he makes has some very strange elements, the end result tends to be eminently listenable, infectious music.

Trapped in Amber, his new album, out on Song, by Toad Records on Halloween 2014, is perhaps less of a collection of breezy pop tunes than its predecessor, but I think it ends up actually feeling like a better overall album. It holds together more as a single, coherent piece of work, and with the more experimental stuff coming to the fore the sparkling pop moments actually end up standing out more this time around.

For a meticulous crafstman like Jonnie I am always amazed at how loose and relaxed his music sounds, and for someone who peppers his lyrics with wit and fun, it’s amazing how heartbreaking he can be, often when you least expect it. Try contrasting the lightness of Shark and Crumbs with the horrible sadness of So and So and the melancholic regret of Figurehead, for example.

It makes for music which sounds light and fun, but actually has far more depth than that, meaning that even once you get past the simple enjoyment of the hummable stuff, there is still a hell of a lot more here to enjoy.

September 12, 2014
#PolandSaysTak

#PolandSaysTak

4:29pm
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September 11, 2014
a picture of us in the wire magazine this month.
they couldn’t even get our name right.
gtfo the magazine wire.

a picture of us in the wire magazine this month.

they couldn’t even get our name right.

gtfo the magazine wire.

September 8, 2014
kevin grosskreutz is a top lad.

kevin grosskreutz is a top lad.

September 5, 2014
songbytoad:

Jonnie Common - Trapped in Amber
New album - out on Halloween 2014. 
Pre-order here:http://songbytoadrecords.com/jonnie-common/trapped-in-amber/

songbytoad:

Jonnie Common - Trapped in Amber

New album - out on Halloween 2014. 

Pre-order here:
http://songbytoadrecords.com/jonnie-common/trapped-in-amber/

September 5, 2014
welcome 2 the weekend #greenlanguage (at wan-merr-tune-lock strasse.)

welcome 2 the weekend #greenlanguage (at wan-merr-tune-lock strasse.)

5:37pm
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August 31, 2014

the best gap tooth in pop.

and madonna can go to hell.

August 30, 2014
#greatbunchoflads hit the hometown (at Callander)

#greatbunchoflads hit the hometown (at Callander)

6:36pm
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August 28, 2014

genius thoughts.

August 28, 2014
#tbt had an impromptu old friends/old band reunion on tuesday night at the st vincent show. we didn’t pose for a photo, so here’s the last time we caught up.

#tbt had an impromptu old friends/old band reunion on tuesday night at the st vincent show. we didn’t pose for a photo, so here’s the last time we caught up.

11:47am
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August 25, 2014

charlie nicholas sitting there, thinking.

August 23, 2014
just got served with a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP). cat unimpressed at lack of catnip involved #3points #saturday #caturday #winning #füßball  (at wan-merr-tune-lock strasse.)

just got served with a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP). cat unimpressed at lack of catnip involved #3points #saturday #caturday #winning #füßball (at wan-merr-tune-lock strasse.)

August 22, 2014

really sad news about the knife splitting up. one of my all time favs.

hopefully they both continue to make music.

August 21, 2014

joseLAD

August 21, 2014

wanna see the most patronising thing you’ll see today?