Upon first listen, this – a joint effort between Welsh singer-songwriter Euros Childs and 45-year-old Glaswegian guitarist Norman Blake – you’d be forgiven for dismissing ‘Jonny’ as another piece of dull indie pap. But hold those judgmental horses, because further listening reveals it as a, perhaps not ‘out there’ effort, but a safe and tuneful piece of work. The duo have taken a heavy dose of Beatles pop hooks and added a dash of Dire Straits’ classic rock guitar, with harmonies of The Shins. Opener ‘Witch is Witch’ is a prime example of this, simple lyrics and beats building a bop-worthy entrance to the world of Jonny. It’s when we get down to ‘Cave Dance’ that we realise just how influenced by the Fab Four these two are, as they drag out funfair sounds for ten minutes. It remains a worthy enough intro to music of the sixties.

By DK Goldstein

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