Sweeping inward with filtered guitar licks and laid-back funk rhythms, Melbourne artist Gonzo Jones delivers a sun-dazed second single, Technicolor.
Evocative of Animal Collective, Technicolor marks a collision between idyllic rock licks, poppy vocals and shimmering production. Subtle nudges and automation pervade the mix, contracting and expanding the hypnotic sonic haze. There’s also a seductive bass shuffle and stuttering synth wash which provides a more dance-friendly grounding. Mixing a spiraling chorus and subdued yet pop savvy vocals, Technicolor sits somewhere between love song and slacker exhortation. “You’ve got the reason/So come and see me dreaming,” Jones beckons. There’s a certain infectious balance to this soft rock and psychedelia meets electronic blend that secures this distinctive sonic amalgam as the artist’s own.
Reflecting on the single Jones reveals that there is more than a bit of turmoil beneath the songs upbeat musical trappings. “It’s a furious time and I can’t keep reality in check…Technicolor is an invitation to that change and a refusal to slow. Scenery shaking and my whole perspectives breaking.” Thematically the music captures exactly this; a carefree yet passive response to change.
Gonzo Jones’ debut EP Misty Dreams will drop on June via Good Manners Records.