Saturday, 26 July 2014

Track Of The Day: Stephen Jones - 'Manchester I'm Sorry'

Released via Bandcamp a few weeks ago, 'Ambition Expired' is the first full-length album to bear ex Babybird cult hero Stephen Jones' own name since 2003's 'Almost Cured Of Sadness', and it's an LP that finds the Sheffield-based musical genius delivering a breathtaking set of strange, beautiful and transcendental pieces. Don't be fooled by the low key nature of the release, this record is a superb piece of work, and one of Jones' finest. There is no press release accompanying 'Ambition Expired', just a doodle and some jotted words that describe this work as "an album with mind altering musical substance" that "involves no effort from the listener" since "ears will throw aside the mind for one simple hour". On BandCamp, a short blurb lists it as "a trip, not an album".

The magnificent opener 'Manchester I'm Sorry' exudes a blissful radiance, close to an ambient shoegaze sound where captivating guitars reverberate around the glowing vocal as slowed lo-fi drums crash underneath the dawning euphoria. Treat yourself to something different and let Stephen Jones take you on a journey that many others are unfortunate enough to be missing out on. 'Ambition Expired' is immersive, euphoric and magical. Read the full album review HERE.




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