Wednesday, June 27, 2012
MUSIC REVIEW OF THE DAY: JON AND ROY - LET IT GO
The B.C. duo has had a couple of discs out before, and has been around since the middle of the 2000's, slowly (and quietly) building a buzz for their coffee house vibe. It's not so much the fact they are doing stripped-down stuff, it's what they are doing with it. Breezily moving from style to style, here you get some jazzy stuff, sleek instrumentals with a classical flair, lots of world beat touches, a reggae number, whatever is brewing. And while sometimes the guitar and drums work themselves up, Middleton's vocals never leave the mellow zone.
I suppose there's a bit of the Jack Johnson thing happening, but it's much more adventurous music, with only a slight jammy feel. However, as much as this would be ideal in small, funky halls, I could easily see them become festival favourites with this disc. I smell a breakthrough disc!