London alt-pop artist Bonze releases new single ‘Jenny (Can You Hear Me?)’, a snappy love letter in musical form with hints of the 1975 and Glass Animals.
The track, humbly written in a shed in winter with nothing but a guitar, piano, microphone and analogue synth, is also humble in subject: finding the words to take the plunge in a new relationship. But that doesn’t take away from it, on the contrary: it adds to the authenticity. In fact, the production quality is top-notch – a testament that with skills and talent, a minimum of resources can go a long way.
The track opens with an introspective and stripped down piano and vocal arrangement, a moody soundscape to convey the tentative emotions before being ready to commit. It comes as a surprise when the moody vibe opens out as a catchy indie-pop guitar pulls us into the main hook of the chorus, with 80s-inspired drums and a most satisfying bass. The catchy falsetto of the ‘Jenny’ chorus, combined with the jaunty guitar rhythm, wah-wah electric piano and dreamy reverb makes for an effective combination, and something of an ear-worm. Bonze has a real knack for writing relatable lyrics and snappy melodies that follow the natural accents of speech, and therefore are easy to remember and fun to sing along.(we can easily imagine ‘Jenny’ to be a fan favourite in live gigs!).
Talking about the meaning of the song, Bonze explains:
“The song is about the beginnings of a relationship with a girl called Jenny. It’s about how emotionally up and down I can be, how I felt that I was fully ready to commit to the relationship and that I just hoped that she was ready too”.
The track has already received airplay from BBC Introducing in London and – with its catchy hooks and groovy bass, we wouldn’t be surprised to hear more of it on radios!
Track added to the Indie Gems Spotify playlist.