Kreol Lovecall is south London-born multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Richards. A fixture in some of Britain’s more left-leaning musical scenes for almost two decades, the album Jangle and Chime is his astonishing solo debut.
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Until recently an integral member of UK heavy psych rockers Hey Colossus, Richards played a major part in the band’s transition from harsh noise-rock blowouts to a more focused and melodic proposition. His influence shouts loudest on their two 2015 albums, In Black And Gold and Radio Static High (both on Rocket Recordings).
Kreol Lovecall is a bold and surprising stylistic change; a project featuring clean, shimmering guitar and soulful vocals, tightly packed arrangements of popping drum machine, funky bass and Casio keyboard.
‘One In F1ve’ is the first single from the album, released on 5 December via Fighting Spirit Records. 21st century blues with pulsing synths and a mantra-like chorus, it reflects the doom and dread brought on by a Trumped-up, post-Brexit present and future back in on itself.
Written and recorded in the spring of 2016, the album anticipates the increased tension and division subsequently surfacing on the streets of Britain & the US in the fallout from seismic votes.
With deeply personal songs addressing themes of alienation, racial identity and tensions, mental health, the refugee crisis, the consequences of a party lifestyle and consumerism, you might expect a deluge of misery. But what you get are songs you can dance to.
“…Equal parts Sly and the Family Stone, Fugazi and Cocteau Twins; a varied but well measured mixture from a man who clearly has something to say about the politics of diversity and separation that dominate our cultural conversation in these times.” – The Monitors.
2. No Sense No Feeling
3. Not Composites
4. Social Spaces
5. True Golden Dawn
6. One In F1ve
7. In Camps And In Cages
9. Points Of View
10. Emojis And Memes