Halifax's Jont is one of the most positive, empathetic souls in music. A complete optimist, he makes music to express that inner flow, and to spread it around as much as possible. Previous albums such as 2013's Hello Halifax (his first after moving from England) expressed his belief in the beauty of life, while 2017's An Old Innocence proclaimed his "big open heart." Now his ninth features what he calls singing in more powerful way than ever.
That new voice is heard in a gentle intensity on the new album, recorded as intimately as possible. A true acoustic record, this is just Jont and his nylon-stringed guitar, no backing or overdubs at all. Mellow as all get out, the magic is in the power of the words and performance, an attempt to channel all that healing energy directly to the listener. "Teardrops and Pennies" says it as simply as possible, "I've got all this love for you," and you couldn't sing it more sincerely.
So, this isn't the album to have on for background sounds. Rather, it has a purpose, if you're someone who wants/needs/appreciates some mental medicine. I think we've all had an experience or two when we absolutely connect with a singer/songwriter, when their words cut through all the static and negativity, and strike us as profound. This is what Jont's aiming for, that meaningful moment that can change your day or your life. This could be the one for you.