Tony Jay Hey There Flower

Label
Mt. St. Mtn Records
Released
28th May 2022

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Mostly recorded between last Christmas and New Year’s during a window of isolation at home, “Hey There Flower” preserves Tony Jay’s prowess at making beautifully eerie lo-fi pop; like a hazy memory where your favourite Sixties girl-group melody is perpetually slowed down. Without a band to practice with, Tony Jay recorded the music alone, but recruited a slew of friends to remotely record backing vocals: Karina Gill (Cindy), Griffin Jones (Galore), Kati Mashikian (Mister Baby), Alexis Harper (Al Harper), & Hannah Lew (Cold Beat).

Hey There Flower“, the most recent release from the prolific and mysterious Tony Jay delivers real melodies — both lacey with vocal harmonies and dusty with layered guitars — as fans have come to expect. This release also carries forward and elaborates on Tony Jay’s tradition of songs that express a kind of naked honesty about things we all know — love and loneliness and all that — while communicating at the same time a wry edge of skepticism, so that the songs are like coins spinning on edge before landing heads, tails, or lost under the couch. Tony Jay brings us into a nostalgia where we recognize moods from music of the past — Marc Boland definitely comes to mind, as well as Velvet Underground of the Nico era, and Tony Jay even covers Francoise Hardy on this collection — but the songs create a three dimensional space with what feels like a thousand layers so that instead of being thrown back in time, it’s like stepping into a little world with its own laws of nature, of which the listener gets just a few hints. – Karina Gill, Cindy/Flowertown

​“Hey There Flower” is introduced by thudding snare beats eliciting reverb-stained tattered noisy guitar scrapes, to weave abrasive shimmery emotive vibrations, imbued with shattered nostalgic dreams, lit by brittle yet dazzling forsaken keyboard flows, over submerged and distorted male vocal’s whispery deluge of obsessive longing, lonely melancholy, and dark desire to exude a hazy gritty concoction of awkward sadness and brooding unrest.” – White Light // White Heat

“What Tony sketches are concise commentaries on love, loneliness and a few things in between. His mode of expression is sparse, intense, and captivating. The arrangements are invariably lo-fi and slow tempo, blanketed with a fuzzy hiss. And it only took one listen to decide that it is a very special album. It has a ’60s feel, albeit washed in an eerie slowcore machine. An ace example is “September Skies”, which could be the 1965 ‘last dance’ at the prom for the introverted students.” – When You Motor Away

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