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Point of Go

Jonquil

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Album Review

Jonquil's third album finds the mixture between Hugo Manuel's smooth, sometimes sweet but not cloying vocals and the peppy, easy grooves of the musicians as a whole coming together in a dollop of something just this side of 1984 or so — if not exactly Vampire Weekend as an equivalent, then something equal parts Haircut One Hundred, a-ha, and something undeservedly obscure from the Mediterranean around that time. Certainly the sprightly highlife guitar lead on "It's My Part" and the winning, bright brass parts that recur throughout the album are the kinds of things meant to put a smile on the face at the least. Song titles like "Mexico" and "Getaway" may give a feeling of party music for the chillwave generation, but there's more of a sense of cool reserve as much as passion, a carefully constructed pose that slips easily from song to song and thrives because of it. It can be as subtle as percussion breaks below the basic pulse of an arrangement, or a gentle piano solo in an arrangement. The flip side is that Point of Go feels like an immediate pleasure more that one that lingers in the mind, but if some songs breeze by without sticking, other songs like the two-part "Point of Go," split between a calmer and a more energetic section defined by the drumming, stand out. Meanwhile, moments like "This Innocent," Manuel's singing set against gentle keyboards at the start, and the liquid, overdubbed harmony break on "Real Cold" hark back a bit further to Brian Wilson's late-'60s work, but unlike so much of what's followed in that vein isn't content to stay there — and for that we can all be grateful.

Customer Reviews

NPR sent me here. . . and they were right!

I first listened to Jonquil from NPR's excellent Song of the Day feature, and sure enough--here they are on iTunes (many thanks!). I love sampling and hearing different kinds of music--this one is perfect for getting me geared up for another day of classroom teaching. Upbeat without too much sugary bubble-gum pop.

Great Melodies

Fresh, melodic pop. Did not know of them until "Band of The Day" APP exposed me to them. What a rich crisp sound for a summer of auto-tuned crap from the usual suspect bands that now just litter the commercial free serious radio channels. We have been stuck on a mouse wheel of bands that all sound the same. Cannot distinguish one band from another. I will be purchasing songs from all 3 albums. Nice to hear the fresh summer sounds of "Jonquil". Great find Band Of The Day contributors, keep the good picks coming! Wish I could contribute (work with the BOTD editors) to the list of bands that I know and have found by reading music mags & following members of other great bands when they go solo or branch out and create new bands that, if not for this APP, get lost in the landscape of the latest technological effect . I will be adding them to my "Alert List" so I wont miss new material from Jonquil! Peace.

A great, underrated band

This band has such a great, relaxing and easy-to-listen-to sound. They don't have songs that blast loud, electronic riffs and such, but they have a lot of superb music that is just as catchy as any of those auto-tuned, factory creations. They deserve much more recognition and have made a good album with several very excellent songs. Very much worth a listen.

Biography

Genre: Alternative

Years Active:

English indie rock collective Jonquil were formed in Oxford by (then) 20-year-old multi-instrumentalist/songwriter Hugo Manuel in an attempt to flesh out what was initially a bedroom recording project. The band, whose myriad influences include everyone from the Microphones to Joan Baez, blends the swirling cacophony of "freak folk" acts like Animal Collective and Skygreen Leopards with the indie pop sensibilities of Modest...
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