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Ardentjohn
Single
4 January 2010
[ Galagos 026 ]

MP3: £1.58


A playground fight may not be the most promising start to the creation of a band; however, it was from these fractious beginnings that the story of ARDENTJOHN (pronounced Ardent John) began, some time ago on the Scottish Isle of Bute when future musician types Alan Shields and Keiron Mason came to blows.

Happily, following an unexpected reunion on Edinburghé─˘s Princess Street in 2005, the two former pugilists decided to forget the unsavoury incident and to begin to make music together. Singing guitarist Keiron and singing bassist Alan have since been joined by Mark Abbott (lead guitar), Seth Marron (drums / percussion), Linda Tym (cello / xylophone / vocals) and Dorota Wojtowicz (violins), some of whom are from places as diverse as Crieff, New York and Alberta.

Now if any fights occur they are related to the music, which they make on a variety of instruments whilst recording anywhere they can, including friendsé─˘ box rooms, church attics and loch-side cottages. And out of those very box rooms, attics and scenic cottages has come the lush, languid sounds of their debut album, é─˛On The Wireé─˘ which is released on their own Slow Train label on January 25th 2010.

Before then comes the Label Fandango release of é─˛Homeé─˘ / é─˛Where All Paths Leadé─˘, a double AA-side download single which joins the pantheon of gently euphoric Fandango releases by the likes of Broken Records and Fanfarlo. Because, like much of the rest of the parent album, both tracks represent a near-perfect balance of sweetness and blight which sees ARDENTJOHN nod towards the melancholy of Doves, the yearning of Fleet Foxes and the pop nous of Paul Simon. Nice.

é─˛Homeé─˘ / é─˛Where All Paths Leadé─˘ will bravely kickstart the new year, being released on January 4th 2010. Not only that, but the very same week ARDENTJOHN head down to big old London Town to partake of the annual Pandamonium! event.

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