What is it about the surname Wilson that impregnates everything with pedigree pop, psychedelia and scenic sunsets? Jonathan Wilson held all the cards to empower him to become a musician. He started very early, in 1995, by forming the band Muscadine with Benji Hughes, whose debut The Ballad of Hope Nicholls came out in 1998. Then came a fade to black period (with a lost album recorded in 2007, another peculiarity, apparently, of Wilsons), which kept him out of the musical limelight until 2011.
It was then that the figure of Jonathon Wilson finally emerged, the versatile and extremely gifted psycho-folk singer-songwriter that we know today. The one who produced the celebrated Pure Comedy by Father John Misty (Josh Tillman was quoted as saying that he was “a maestro”), the one who will spend all this year touring the world singing and playing the guitar with Roger Waters (Pink Floyd), the one who is ready to release his third album, Rare Birds, due out on March 2nd, the successor to the acclaimed Gentle Spirit (2001) and Fanfare (2013). A record, which, he says, is meant “as a healing affair, a rejuvenation, reconciliation, for others, for me…”. A maximalist album, more influenced by the British 80s than it is by the Californian 70s, much more complex instrumentally: analogical and digital, with acoustic guitars and synthesisers.
A new timeless album of psychedelic folk that Jonathan Wilson will present at an exclusive concert in Razzmatazz 3 in Barcelona on Monday 9th April, making the most of a few days off from Roger Walter’s Us + Them tour. A Golden opportunity.
Razzmatazz 3, Barcelona (Monday / 09-04-2018)