Always a name worth noticing, Jonny Englsh continues to drive with unwavering skill, creative and lyrical honesty, and absolute passion. His brand new album Capricious is something of its own entirely. The project proves refreshing to lose yourself within, yet still it holds tight to those emotive and intentional artistic vibes that stand tall throughout Englsh’ catalogue.
Haunted By Memories is a powerful track, the perfect way to kick off the collection. Featuring unique soundscape design, flawlessly rhythmic vocals, and a fine balance between melody and rap, the song contrasts delicacy and weight with style and certainty. The album then continues to develop this sound and approach in an engaging, notably addictive way.
From the softness of Feels Bad, melodies entrance and vulnerability connects. Lines like will you forgive me repeat to build further on that impressively honest, open manner of writing. The piece progresses beautifully, seemingly organic in arrangement – offering a sound that’s easy to imagine in the live setting. Meanwhile, Jonny’s voice glides through the varying sections with effortless soul.
Throughout the playlist, eclecticism makes for a playlist loaded with different sounds and moods. Always Englsh carries the weight of the underlying sentiments with confidence and realness. This isn’t all volume and hooks, far from it – there’s substance here. Sure, the music is satisfying, the hooks are memorable, but there’s depth and purity to the writing – there’s heart to the performances. To bring all of these elements at once, in such a professional manner, helps make the album in full an absolute go-to for 2020 and beyond.
Thoughtful soundscapes take their time to build, showcasing someone who utilizes the very art of sound design and musicality, in line with lyricism, to pave his way as an artist. A brilliant album, quite probably his best to date.