I recently stumbled upon Oxford's Jonquil's newest EP, Whistle Low. This seven-song EP has really made my day, because its vibe is just so darn sunny and bright. And I do apologize for having to make the comparison, but their music has a rustic, harmonic vibe not unlike Animal Collective. (Thankfully, I don't think Jonquil derive much of anything from AC; I simply see a similar melodic style.)
But, really, who cares about what other bands Jonquil might sound like? I enjoy Whistle Low for what it has to offer: quiet, somewhat pastoral experimental folk with a hint of "pop" like XTC used to do. Just check out "The Weight of Lying on your Back" and tell me otherwise! Their experimental side comes out on "Water is Yours," a gorgeous instrumental that reminds me a bit of Stars of the Lid or Hammock. But the overall downhome, humble vibe found on "Parasol" and "Night Time Story" reminds me most of Paul McCartney's first two solo albums, McCartney and Ram--experimental, yet poppy; beautiful, yet unrefined. Yeah, yeah, there I go again, but the point is this: Jonquil deserves consideration in such a pantheon, because, well, Whistle Low is a wonderful--and wonderfully diverse--record. I do hope to hear more from this group; something tells me I shant be disappointed!
Listen To: "The Weight of Lying On Your Back"
Whistle Low is available now on Acuarela Discos
Labels: Acuarela Discos, Jonquil, Reviews J