Animalsound, the moniker of singer/songwriter/guitarist Jonivan Jones, delivers his signature country western flange to a new self-released recording entitled Heyday. The tracks brim with vintage blues-tinged folk gilded in modern country western riffage and roots rock inflections. A model of contemporary Americana, Heyday has a spiritual quality that penetrates the soul, putting the listener in a state of self-reflection divesting one’s self of strife and burdens.
Jones’s smoky vocals bode beautifully with the bluesy milieu of the tracks, cultivating terrain in the country folk ilk. The misty acoustics of “Ghost Dance” is accented by swathes of tambourine shimmies as Jones’s vocals glide on the wings of an intangible intuition navigated by the beacon of his inner compass. His vocals connect with the music of its own volition crafting vocal melodies that move parallel to the instrumentation. The music and vocals complement one another within the parameters of the country folk borders making for an attractive symmetry.
Acoustic instrumentals like “The Old Sunrise” and “Desert Confessional” are hewn from brisk guitar strokes that bend and spiral into harmoniously twined chord rotations basking a capricious scatter. The nimbleness in the fretwork scrolls lobbing arcs and curves seamed into melodically cut scores that are aurally pleasing. The chugging tempo of “South Pacific” and “Adios the Sun” are blanketed in Tex-Mex style cinders reflective of a nostalgic blend of country, folk, blues, soul, and roots rock attributes.
The ruminating verses of “North Pacific” and “Buffalo” infuse bluesy atmospherics with arches of country-braced twang. The breezy harmonica in “Help Me Down” is carriage in toe tapping beats and change to a somber moaning through “Help Me Down” staved in folksy blues springs and the echoing chimes of a steel-toned guitar. The dark, smoldering tint of “The Heebie Jeebies” is sheath in lyrically charged guitar gusts that move with the speed of a specter contemplating past transgressions and moments of glory.
Heyday is wired in modern country western circuitry kindled in an amalgamation of multiple facets with home grown elements reflective of a country folk lifestyle. Loaded with moments of reflection and introspection, the vocals embody soul-inspired influences buffered by music that both soothes and stimulates the senses.
Help Me Slow, Help Me Down, Buffalo, Adios the Sun, Desert Confessional, The Heebie Jeebies, Ghost Dance, North Pacific, South Pacific, The Old Sunrise