North Leeds Life – Blue Jean Review – Oct ’17

For the Record…Fuzzy Jones Has a New Single Out

Fuzzy Jones, singer-songwriter, vinyl enthusiast and spellbinding pixie queen of Junk Shop Folk has just dropped a 45rpm beauty, highlighting the wonder of her magnificent voice-pipes.

Recorded at her own All Things Analogue Studios, where she and her collaborators kick it old school with some heavy-duty vintage equipment, ‘Blue Jean’ begins dreamily with slinky siren songstress Fuzzy beckoning you to “uprise with me” before falling in on a shuffling funk drumbeat with a thrumming acoustic rhythm guitar over a gently thonking bassline. The verse leans into this groove while also conjuring up a vague sense of spookiness (but y’know, the good kind) before breaking into an organ-assisted uplifting chorus. With its talk of revolution and turning the radio up ‘Blue Jean’ possesses a nourishing sense of optimism which is currently in short supply.

B-side ‘Perfume’ is no less excellent, opening on a note of fragility, embarking on a slightly jazz-folk inflected arrangement and gradually building to some astounding vocal acrobatics. Bewitching stuff indeed!

Befitting the analogue recording process, the single is steeped in an authentic warm texture, best transmitted via vinyl and that would sit comfortably alongside Fuzzy’s 60’s & 70’s inspirations; Bowie, Bobbie Gentry, Joni Mitchell et al.

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