ALBUM: Babybird - Photosynthesis - out now


The new ten track collection 'Photosynthesis' is out today (19 July 2019). It is available to stream in full at the RW/FF Recordings Bandcamp page HERE, where you can also buy copies of the album on ltd gatefold vinyl, CD, digital and ltd double 8cm mini CD.



'Photosynthesis' marks the first time that a Babybird album has been released on vinyl since 1998's classic 'There's Something Going On'.


1.
Too Late


2.
October


3.
Beach Grave


4.


5.
Radioactive Stars 


6.


7.
Black Friday Jesus Tuesday 


8.
Perfect Suburbian Clone


9.
Creation Destroys Science


10.
Yeah I'm In Hollywood


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12.


It's dark and beautiful.

It's strange and melodic.

It's not what you expected.

Arriving just months after the critically acclaimed 'Happy Stupid Nothing' compilation, 'Photosynthesis' is something very different. Although many people weren't aware he was even still making music, throughout this decade Stephen Jones has been quietly building himself a reputation as one of the music world's most prolific artists. Here are ten tracks, all self-recorded in recent years.

Spellbinding melancholy flows through the blue moods and blissful musical flourishes of the single 'No Cameras', which comes with a suitably tranquil music video. Shadowy bass gathers around dusty loops on 'Cave In' as Jones invades trip hop territory and makes it his own.

Since launching his own Bandcamp page in 2012, Jones has reconnected with his DIY roots, exploring new styles and approaches with various other projects as well as Babybird, producing many intriguing albums, all self-recorded and self-released. Independence has allowed him to dig deeper creatively without having to worry about commercial expectations. The rate of his output has become so prolific that many wonder just how he manages to do it. Released earlier this year, the acclaimed 'Happy Stupid Nothing' compilation collected together some of the best Babybird recordings from the last few years. It gained praise from BBC Radio 6Music, Virgin Radio and many other radio stations worldwide. Uncut hailed it as "surreal, heartfelt" and dramatically poignant", while Classic Pop Magazine welcomed its range of "eccentric curios and anthems in the making". Elsewhere, it received 10/10 reviews from music sites such as God Is In The TV, and The Grey Lantern, who rated the album "as hungry, unique and intelligent as anything Babybird has done previously. Releasing a masterpiece 25 years in is such a Stephen Jones move...". But while there was plenty on that collection to please the indie rock fans who gravitated towards Babybird in the 90s, Stephen Jones has never really been an indie rock musician. 'Photosynthesis' is definitely not an indie rock album.

While 'Happy Stupid Nothing' offered up a sprawling mixed bag, this is a fluid yet more focused record. It's a more cohesive collection of songs, yet it draws on an advanced range of sounds. Chords and beats fall on the surface like rain. Earworm hooks emerge from scruffy lo-fi blues. Love, death, religion are linked upto big crashing drums. Cosmic colours explode into mesmerising musical rainbows. Euphoric, otherworldly sounds elevate and serve up bedazzling revelations. Smooth, resonantly introspective tones mix with smoky funk and soul flavours, ringing out ominously into the night. Celestial electronics buzz around transcendental soundscapes, creating a rapturous, serene beauty. Mellifluous notes and understated elegance drift through the darkness, taking the listener on an alluring journey.