For the first time in 21 years, BABYBIRD will be releasing a vinyl LP. Photosynthesis is out on 16th August 2019. A UK tour will follow in November, with tickets on sale now. They will perform at the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds on November 22nd.
It’s dark and beautiful.
It’s strange and melodic.
It’s not what you expected.
Arriving just months after the critically acclaimed Happy Stupid Nothing compilation, Photosynthesis is something very different. Although many people weren’t aware he was even still making music, throughout this decade Stephen Jones has been quietly building himself a reputation as one of the music world’s most prolific artists. Here are ten tracks, all self-recorded in recent years.
While Happy Stupid Nothing offered up a sprawling mixed bag, this is a fluid yet more focused record. It’s a more cohesive collection of songs, yet it draws on an advanced range of sounds. Chords and beats fall on the surface like rain. Earworm hooks emerge from scruffy lo-fi blues. Love, death, religion are linked upto big crashing drums. Cosmic colours explode into mesmerising musical rainbows. Shadowy bass gathers around dusty loops as Jones invades trip hop territory and makes it his own. Euphoric, otherworldly sounds elevate and serve up bedazzling revelations. Smooth, resonantly introspective tones mix with smoky funk and soul flavours, ringing out ominously into the night. Celestial electronics buzz around transcendental soundscapes, creating a rapturous, serene beauty. Mellifluous notes and understated elegance drift through the darkness, taking the listener on an alluring journey.
Photosynthesis will be available as a limited edition gatefold vinyl LP, and will be released on the RW/FF Recordings label.