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When a band sounds a lot like at least four other bands when you listen to it, that is usually a terrible sign. “What is this copy cat band?,” you might think. But with Jonquil, the bands their music conjures are so disparate that it’s almost funny to listen. Like, how did they do that? Does each band member bring an idea to each song writing session? For me, I hear The Slip’s “Honey Melon,” which I will admit, was a favorite song of mine in the year 2000. (I was smoking at Hampshire College, after all.) I also hear some Vampire Weekend a little bit. And even, dare I say, Tanlines? Eric Emm’s vocals are not too far off… And then there’s the inevitable British melodies that wander through their new EP, One Hundred Songs.
What do you hear? Below take a taste with “Get Up,” which is the “approved” postable song, but definitely not my favorite. Still really, really nice though.
Jonquil: Get Up
Check out a song off a WIRE comp from ’07, “Sudden Sun.”
The Wire Magazine is a hefty music journal out of England. It’s very serious stuff. Heavy writing, theory, reviews- all of bands that are worthy of dissection. Music for survival, not entertainment. Overall anyway. Suffice it to say, they are arbiters of good taste.
Sometimes when you buy The Wire you get a CD Sampler, too, which they call Tapper. I got Tapper 17 in Spring, 2007. Little did I know that on that almost useless digital platform called the “compact disc” would be a song that is worth wayyy more than just some simple file, given away for free. To me, it meant everything for a couple of months. Then i forgot about it. That’s the way things go. Recently, I found Tapper 17.
The song, “Sudden Sun,” is by a Oxford band, Jonquil. The band is on Try Harder Records, which appears to be a decent boutique label. The song is utterly gorgeous in its instrumentation and the echoes and choruses swell like flowers after a long rain. Maybe this is a song better suited for Spring but so what. It feels good right now, too.
Jonquil: Sudden Sun