Siôn Russell Jones “Despite My Burdens” – Anything BUT dragging me down

Siôn Russell Jones (pronounced ‘Sean’) is a Welsh singer/songwriter that has a voice as unique as his music. “Despite My Burdens” is the latest single and music video from his upcoming album “Lost No More”, and is the follow up to the brilliant song ‘Best Of Me’. This lad has performed at the legendary SXSW festival, and has been played by BBC 6Music recently, so he is definitely an artist to be keeping an eye on.

This latest single is a quirky mix of Americana, folk, and nu-folk that sounds little like his counterparts. The dynamics of all the sections of this songs are a bit disconcerting at first: opening up on a pub sing-along type section full of non-vocals, moving on to a quiet and relaxed verse, back to the energy of the pub, and then on to an Americana/country-style chorus that has an added blues element to it. One thing that you cannot say about this song is that it is boing. Sure, it may take a while for you to glue the separate parts together into a cohesive song, but once you grasp the sheer happiness and joy in this song, you’ll be wanting to sing and dance long as is it was written to do. The accompanying video also captures this beautifully; telling the tale of a sausage dog as he encounters some rather strange masked people. The happiness and positivism in his song writing and story-telling is welcome indeed.

Siôn has a wonderfully unique voice: although it’s soft and almost childlike at times, he has the control and projection of a true pro, whilst his Welsh accent puts a charming twist on it. Personally, if the whole song was sung like the verses, I wouldn’t have enjoyed the song as much as I do because there are ample amounts of male solo acts that reach for the heart strings at the moment. Thankfully, however, the chorus is ballsy and contrasts nicely with the down tempo verses. Siôn sure does know how to write a good song.

It’s also got to be said how good this artist’s other songs are. “Best Of Me” is an absolute giant of tune, whilst the Simon & Garfunkle-like harmonies demonstrated in his other, and upcoming releases are a refreshing sound for tired ears.

Siôn Russell Jones has got almost everything down: the song writing, the personal twist, the business sense, and the live performance. This boy is going from strength to strength, and I look forward to what he produces in the future.


Mylyricalmind “Kings” – plucking at the heartstrings

Mylyricalmind (real name Matt Wood) is an acoustic act that has been on my radar since working at the Bermondsey record label The Animal Farm a couple of years ago. Not only is he a nice guy, but he is a great example of putting the effort in for your art; and his music is definitely benefiting from it.

Kings, and well Matt in general, is the kind of music/musician that sends girls wild. His fragile, whispered voice is full of character, and the way he writes songs absolutely compliments that. Gentle verses are dotted with moments where the momentum builds, whilst his choruses are anthemic calls to be, and feel loved. He has increasingly been using synths and strings to fill out his sound which doubtlessly add a lot. Kings is a beautifully written song, and for the right listener it will surely melt their hearts.

As mentioned earlier, Matt is a musician’s musician: constantly gigging, constantly interacting with fans and running competitions, and as such he has become a bit of a social media wiz. Matt’s cohort of admirers mainly consists of 13-25yr old girls, which lets face it, are known for their admiration of a pretty face with a voice. I’m constantly battered by retweets of admiring girls praising his beautiful voice; which with 10,000 + followers on twitter is becoming quite a regular occurrence. Honestly, the effort he puts in to twitter is impressive. Bands: take note from him!

Personally, and I do mean absolutely personally, his voice, which is central to his sound, is a bit too whispery and full of heartache for me to be a loyal fan of his. Programs like The X Factor have opened up the world up to the “commercial” male artist (meaning sex appeal in either the confident, or the sensitive form), and whilst that’s not a bad thing at all for acoustic music lovers, for people in to rock and metal like me, it is getting a bit tiresome. That being said though, I’m not his target audience by any means, and so what he offers to people who do like that genre of music is probably near perfection. His music doesn’t quite pluck my heartstrings, but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate it touches a whole lot of other people. My criticism of his voice, in reality, means very little to a musician such as Matt who is simply adored by his fans. He is going from strength to strength as an artist, and for that I salute him.

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