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Jonny is an underground indie-pop supergroup featuring Teenage Fanclub’s Norman Blake and Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci’s Euros Childs. Naturally, a combination like this ensures earnest and indelible pop tunes with vocals and harmonies that reach back to the ‘60s for their prime influences. A track as childlike and joyous as “Candyfloss” is reminiscent of everything from the Beau Brummels to the Partridge Family. The majority of tracks are kept beneath three-and-a half minutes. The nearly eleven-minute “Cave Dance” is the one major exception. It begins as a Crosby, Stills & Nash harmony piece (or should we say the Move?) that jumps around like an ebullient piece of bubblegum, switching into a slowly modulating drone. But the group’s primary approach is to play simple folk-pop tunes such as “I Want to Be Around,” “I’ll Make Her My Best Friend” and “Circling the Sun” that make the day sound like sunshine no matter what else might occur.

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Jonny strikes up the band.

I just picked up the new Uncut sampler. A stand out track was Jonny, 'I want to be around you.' Then I found out, this is a side project of Teenage Fan Club. I really love the fun vibe and vocal quality/harmony on this record. There are some good songs here too. Like the grandmother from Cold Comfort Farm, I'm giving it my blessing:)

Teenage Fanclub meets Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci

Teenage Fanclub’s Norman Blake and Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci’s Euros Childs have more melodicism in the tip of their respective pinkies than most musicians create in their entire careers. Paired together for their first full-length collaboration, the results are a brilliantly crafted cocktail of their respective bands, ‘60s British invasion and garage pop, canyon country, ‘70s power pop, pub and light rock, and ‘80s post-punk psychedelia. Like XTC’s Dukes of Stratosphear, there’s an element of spot-the-influence here, but the references are more fully digested and fleeting: a vocal harmony that suggests Curt Boettcher, CS&N or America, a melody hook that recalls the Kasnetz-Katz bubblegum factory, a stomping rhythm you’d have heard from Brisnley Schwarz, or an organ riff that lodges the Monkees in your ear.

The opening “Wich is Wich” would have made a terrific theme song to an H.R. Pufnstuf spin-off, and the nearly eleven-minute “Cave Dance” could be, for those who remember that Pufnstuf lived in a cave, both a stoneage dance sensation and a low-key escape from the powers of Witchiepoo. Unsurprisingly, the pair create buoyant, winsome music, but with just enough melancholy and angst to keep the sweetness from dissolving your teeth. Even the album’s first single, “Candyfloss,” crosses its lyrical dream woman in a duet vocal whose Motors-like harmony is laden with discontent. There are a few lesser tunes, but they quickly disappear as you indulge in the yearning of “Circling the Sun” and “I Want to Be Around,” tap your toe to the country-inspired “I’ll Make Her My Best Friend,” and glory in the duo’s irresistible melodies. [©2011 hyperbolium dot com]

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