Jones announces his new solo album, Carver’s Law

Jones

As one half of Miracle Mile, Trevor ‘Jones’ released nine albums of beautiful, literate pop music, the last of which, In Cassidy’s Care, was issued in 2012. He’s a master songwriter, the type that worries beauty into shapes and sounds that unfurl with repeated listening. Together with musical partner and arranger Marcus Cliffe they collected a bouquet of critical acclaim that continues to flower in Jones’ solo career. Carver’s Law is his fifth solo outing, though Cliffe is never far away, helping to produce, record, arrange and play on every one;

Hopeland (2009); Keepers (2010); To The Bone (2014) and Happy Blue (2016). Like King Arthur under his hill, Jones waits patiently for the public to recognise what some of us knew from the start.

In the meantime, we have this wonderful collection and an opportunity to share it.

Avail yourself of a quality malt and an hour of me-time; 2019 marks the return of Jones with his fifth solo album, Carver’s Law. The result of soul-searching on the Suffolk coast and collaborations with Boo Hewerdine and David Bridie, Carver’s Law is another offering of classic songwriting from an artist who breathes the rarefied air of the unsung hero. Cut Jones and he bleeds quality.

What do we want from an artist? Are they duty bound to inform, educate, entertain? Do they dissemble, put words into the mouths of fictional characters that shoulder their creator’s burden, or is the contract approved with read-between-the-lines clauses that swap comfort zones for the twilight variety, the uncertain half-light where you trust images in the corner of your eye more than those you can stare at?

Should they hollow themselves out for us, such that we spend hours listening to their pain as it circles our turntable? In truth, we demand all of this and more. When we get it, it can be beyond anything we dared hope for and hope, like need, is a dangerous master. Carver’s Law is such a record, a long-player of profound beauty, where words twist and tumble like the first leaves of Autumn, coming to rest amongst layers of effortless melody like weary travellers. Here are acutely observed vignettes on life, death and everything that matters in-between. The anticipation of hope, the shadow of fear, doubt and self-analysis, and the slow slow, quick quick slow passing of time. A nervous energy frames these songs, one born of hard won knowledge and experience. The ability to articulate our deepest sorrows, desires, happiness and heartbreaks is a gift.

Carver’s Law is shot through with spirits bottled and biographical, often half full, always haunted, never less than 100% proof.Drink up; time is short and the water is rising. – Paul Woodgate

Artist’s website: http://www.miraclemile.co.uk/

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Jones releases new album, Happy Blue

Happy Blue

Jones is Trevor Jones; principal songwriter with the critically acclaimed duo Miracle Mile, where he works alongside collaborator, arranger and musical partner Marcus Cliffe.

Together they have produced nine albums, the latest of which was 2012’s In Cassidy’s Care, rated ‘Album of the Month’ by HiFi News, with respected journalist Johnny Black noting that Miracle Mile were

“far and away the most unfairly unsung musical wizards ever to emerge from this sceptered isle. Big on memorable tunes wrapped around honest-to-goodness emotionally involving lyrics.”

Trevor Jones has also previously produced three solo albums: Hopeland (2009), Keepers (2010) and To The Bone (2014).

Whether fumbled by a fool

Or fielded by an aching heart

Surely there’s one golden rule

To help the healing start

Those lines never did find a song. Why write them? I try and make universal feelings intimate, but how do you catch someone’s eye when writing about ‘the dear ordinary’? Truth is in the fine lines as much as the broad strokes, but trying to put your anger on the fidelity of a feeling makes fools of us all. I’m drawn to vulnerability, probably because of the recognitions that lie therein. I never was taken by cocky command or flamboyant dexterity; give me a three fingered gypsy guitarist any day. I’m beckoned by an unsteady hand; informed by the uncertain mumblings of a trembling voice.

My Father died early this year. Terry’s last lucid words to me were “Hello Sunshine”. He hadn’t called me that since I was a boy. He then whispered “I’m terrified” before retreating into the foggy sanctuary of sleep. His heart was strong, but his lungs were shot. Terry just ran out of air. I sit here breathless in the early morning half-light, wearing my Dad’s shirt and listening to the voices of my youth. As I take the needle from the record my hands are shaking. I blame the coffee and reach for my guitar. Music is a calming balm. Oddly, for someone so reluctant to sing out loud, it’s the singing that keeps me honest and true. My Dad was a venerable but vulnerable man. There wasn’t much joy in his life, but he did love to sing and he loved sorrowful songs. He breathed them into me. And on the day that I was born he sang ‘Hallelujah’. We are connected by sound. the sound of a time, like the smell of a room, can haunt your memory and… I’m haunted by sound. I too like a sad song. Sad songs make me happy. Happy Blue. TJ

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Artist’s website: http://www.miraclemile.co.uk/

“Masterpieces of subtlety and observation clothed in sumptuous, lush melodies.” R2

“Intellectually as well as emotionally engaging.” Mojo