“Seeds Of A Dandelion” is the new album by one of the UK’s best kept secrets – Jono McCleery – a man blessed with a truly magical, heart-melting soul voice and skills on the guitar to match. His fourth studio album will be released via Ninja Tune’s Counter Records imprint on 26th January – with the LP and CD following on 2nd March – a decade on from his illustrious debut “Darkest Light”.
“Seeds Of A Dandelion” finds Jono stepping into new territory, piecing together a suite of cover versions of songs that date from 1941 to 2013 encompassing works by Billie Holiday, Scott Walker, both Buckleys (Tim and Jeff), Rufus Wainwright, Atoms For Peace (originators of recent single ‘Ingenue’) and Beyoncé (who co-wrote new single ‘Halo’). He has, historically, demonstrated amazing aptitude in translating the songs of inspirational predecessors – take, for example, his stunning versions of ‘Wonderful Life’ (Black, 1986) and Robert Wyatt’s ‘Age Of Self’ (1985) – but this is the first time that he has assembled an album entirely populated with cover versions.
“This is something I’ve always wanted to try, but it was important that I felt a really strong connection with the songs”, he explains. “I also looked back on all the covers I have played live in the past and found some to be ideal for this project, and I had been playing them for such a long time that they felt like my own already”.
2. Brand New Start
3. Know Who You Are At Every Age
4. Dinner At Eight
5. Morning Theft
7. God Bless The Child
9. Old Man’s Back Again
10. Wild Is The Wind
11. Dream Letter
12. La Ritournelle