Jonquil Reveal Details on Forthcoming LP, Point of Go
Releases First Single “It’s My Part”
“[Jonquil] just puts a smile on your face and makes you feel good.” – KCRW
“although all the songs have a timeless quality, it’s tracks like “Fighting Smiles” and “It Never Rains” where the group’s faint, retro-tinged sound really shines.” – NYLON
“This Oxford, England group’s jangly guitars and a bit of danciness prop up the band’s anthemic songs, .. if you like the beach party vibe, stick with Jonquil.” – American Songwriter “Band To Watch”
Stream“It’s My Part” from Jonquil’s new album at YouTube or SoundCloud
Oxford, UK-based quartet Jonquil announce their forthcoming full-length, Point of Go, set for a February 21st release with Dovecote Records (The Futureheads, Hooray For Earth). The album follows their recently released split 7″ single with Solid Gold Dragons (Jonquil bass/trumpet player Sam Scott), and their radiant One Hundred Suns EP, celebrated for it’s upbeat tempos and creative integration of afro and indie-pop. Fronted by Hugo Manuel, who also performs under the solo moniker Chad Valley, the quartet recently returned stateside for CMJ ’11, following a phenomenal US spring debut where they performed three sold-out New York sets in 48 hours.
Point Of Go emerges as a glimmeringly positive step in a new direction, a record that is, in their own words, “far more poppy and accessible” than anything they’ve previously written. Recorded over a six-week period in a farmhouse studio it takes the band’s summery flourishes and intricate guitars, and strips them back to a set of immediate, direct pop songs. With influences rooted firmly in the past – from Fleetwood Mac to The Smiths, Chic and Earth, Wind and Fire to Arthur Russell – the quartet’s LP is an exercise in classic pop sensibilities held up by a modern backbone. Point of Go will be released in the rest of the world by Blessing Force; a growing community of artists, musicians and writers in Oxford (UK) that involves the band’s other projects Chad Valley, Pocket House and Solid Gold Dragons.