The Weeping Souls  –  Jonny Polonsky (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

The word on the street is that Jonny Polonsky writes “interstellar anthems for a new generation of mindfreaks,” and to be honest, whether that is true or not, anyone who merely evokes that sort of language has got to be work a listen. And even if you dismiss that as mere hyperbole, the fact that the likes of Black Francis, Neil Diamond, Mark Lanegan and even Maynard James Keenan have all fought his corner over the years can’t be ignored. Also the list of albums that he has played on throughout his career would blow your socks off.

The Weeping Souls has Beatle-esque qualities, in no small amount. But before you scoff at such an overused and impossible to live up to reference, let me qualify that by saying that he is not merely someone who tries to sound like them, he is someone who is actually like them. Not my observation but that of none other than Jeff Buckley, bless his heart. Ironically, if you listen carefully you can also hear fleeting Buckley sonic signatures flittering through too.

The Weeping Souls arrives ahead of his forthcoming album, Kingdom of Sleep, and if this single is anything to go by, you are going to want to check that out. Polonsky seems to have that superhero ability to leap tall genres in single bounds, jumping from pop to hazy folk to psychedelia to understated rock with ease. He also wanders off the beaten track with his choice of sonic playthings and the forthcoming album boasts everything from Vangelisian synth-scapes, Middle Eastern finger cymbals, gongs, bass clarinets, piccolos, harmonica, bass fiddles, and a children’s choir.

But between now and the album release on 6th March you are going to have to make do with this one track, but such is the nourishment that it brings to the listener, I think that you are going to survive okay until that sumptuous sonic serving arrives.

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