With two successful albums in his back pocket, Jonnie Common is known for making some of the strangest noises ever to translate into such catchy, digestible pop songs. Electronic but also harnessing elements of traditional instruments, this is an artist who doesn’t quite fit into any box perfectly and that’s just how he likes it.
His blueprint of precisely loose beats, unwitting samples, cunningly spoken lyricism and dreamy production easily translate into the living fabric of music. Combined, they make for songs which sound light and entertaining at first, but actually have far more depth than the first listen, ensuring that once you get past the simple enjoyment of the hummable stuff, there is plenty more to enjoy.
His last album album Trapped In Amber, released on Edinburgh’s Song, By Toad Records showcases an evolution in production and perhaps perspective from his first aural offering Master of None back in 2011. A little less naive but no less eloquent, the latest album deals with a wide range of topics from roman history to cancer to lawn maintenance and unsurprisingly garnered firm fans in the likes of BBC 6 Music’s Lauren Laverne, Marc Riley, Steve Lamacq and Tom Robinson amongst others.
His inaugural album Master of None came out on Manchester-based imprint Red Deer Club and its combination of pathos, humour and charm made it a firm favourite, particularly amongst the Scottish underground music scene in Jonnie’s native Glasgow and has ensured support slots with some of the UK’s most exciting new musicians including Micachu, Dutch Uncles and Deptford Goth. With outstanding reviews from the likes of Clash, CMU and The Big Issue, it’s no surprise he has also supported international artists like Tune Yards along the way.
Despite these accolades though, Jonnie Common has always stayed true to his roots as one of the most celebrated underground musicians to come out of Scotland, making music with his brother under the name CARBS and forming his own Save As Collective along with members of Miaoux Miaoux and Conquering Animal Sound with the aim to instigate shows and releases defined by no boundaries or formats; a theme that very much defines Jonnie Common himself.
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