Described as ‘alternative-country’, the debut EP from Jon Campbell has just been released, and *spoiler alert* it’s really good.
About a Boy is a charming, personal record written by Jon and produced by follower performer Jamie Irrepressible from the band The Irrepressibles.
Born in the US and now living in Germany, Jon mixes the styles of American county and the chilled electro vibes of Berlin’s club scene to create a unique hybrid of music that doesn’t really have that many mainstream competitors.
The honest, confessional style of Jon’s writing is touching, and with lines like: “I’d spend a day on your eyes, but I do that anyway. But you’re not comfortable with that… Because you’re straight,” it’s relatable as well.
With an unusual mix of instruments, from toy pianos, to soft guitar, to electronic beats, Jon’s voice reminds us of Ben Howard, but with something else added in to make him stand out from the crowd.
So far, both Dumb and In My Dreams have been given music videos – which feature said toy piano, as well as fox onsie – and Gaydar’s Got a Glitch is slated for a video soon as well.
Keep an eye out for Jon, he’s set to be everywhere later in the Spring.
Our favourite line from the EP has to be: “I’ve been dreaming of your face all day, hoping you’re a closet case.”
Words Jack Wardlaw