Let The River Roll On

Do you have a band that you feel are just stunning, incredible, amazing, and are stunned, incredulous and amazed that no-one else seems to have heard of them?

A recent addition to my Fantastic Unknown Band list (alongside The Kingsbury Manx and Canyon, for starters) has been Cotton Jones, whose Tall Hours In The Glowstream has been played, oh, tons over the past few months. Every time I listen to them I get that warm, gentle glow, that feeling of transcendental coziness that you only find in those perfectly personal records. Records that come from the soul of a few horribly talented people, and reach out and give you a big fuzzy cuddle.

Yes, I’m being soppy. No, I don’t care. This record has seen me through some truly unpleasant times and for that, I would love to give each and every one of Cotton Jones a huge hug. Ok, I won’t, but I’ll happily buy them all quite a few drinks.

In fact, I’ve been finding an excuse to post about them again and now here it is. A couple of months ago1 they did an acoustic session for Halfway House Music (see here) and the results are predictably lovely.

Cotton Jones – Somehow To Keep It Going – Halfway House Sessions from Halfway House on Vimeo.

Enjoy. Then go and buy their record, dammit. You will not regret it. Oh, and visit Halfway House for some more songs, and videos. And thank them for making such wonderful music available to us all. Politeness costs nothing, you know.

I’ve finished nagging now.

MP3: Somehow To Keep It Going (Acoustic) by Cotton Jones

1 Months! MONTHS! See how rubbish I am at keeping up to date?


Cotton Pickin’ Tunes

One of the joys of end-of-year lists is to stumble across something that you missed entirely and realising that, if you hadn’t, it’d be nestling happily in your own end-of-year list. So far that honour goes to Cotton Jones‘s “Tall Hours In The Glowstream”, as recommended by the marvellous Song, By Toad.

There’s nothing particularly new about Cotton Jones’s sound, but what they do is marvellous; the kind of sound that nuzzles up to you gently before sucking you into their dreamy world. A world which I know precious little about, and to be honest, I’m quite happy to not know any more about them. I mean, they look like nice people:

Makers Of A Lovely Record

But sometimes it’s good to fall in love with a record and know nowt about the band. Like with Canyon, or Kingsbury Manx. Funnily enough, there’s something in the Cotton Jones sound which reminds me of those two bands; hazy, gently countryfied dreamy psych-rock, the sort of sound that pushes all sorts of buttons.

Go on, give them a try, and I’m sure you’ll do exactly what I did and order the album as soon as you’ve heard this:

MP3: Sail Of The Silver Morning by Cotton Jones

Buy Tall Hours in the Glowstream from Amazon.