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Jon McDevitt | The River and the Burial Ground

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The River and the Burial Ground

by Jon McDevitt

Brit-noir pick 'n' mix of styles, none of which seem out of place: hints of pastoral Kinks, Squeeze's lyrical playfulness, some of the acoustic loveliness you might associate with Nick Drake, and direct, simple, appealingly childlike melodies.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Downmarket
3:26 $0.99
2. For Want of Something Better
4:03 $0.99
3. Half a World Away
4:00 $0.99
4. Lemon Days
2:51 $0.99
5. Broken Blues (For Cam)
5:54 $0.99
6. Jasmine
4:10 $0.99
7. Sunburn
4:14 $0.99
8. May
2:51 $0.99
9. The River and the Burial Ground
3:13 $0.99
10. Satellite
3:38 $0.99
11. In the Late Hours
3:22 $0.99
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Album Notes
Unapologetically niche, possibly Nietzsche, but refuses to be pigeon-holed. One could compile an exhaustive list of bleak yet brilliant icons who might inspire here, but it would do a disservice to the originality and absence of agenda. A veritable pick 'n' mix of styles, none of which seem out of place, and all of which deserve attention. Hints of pastoral Kinks, of Squeeze's lyrical playfulness, some of the acoustic loveliness you might associate with Nick Drake or Paul Simon, and direct, simple, appealingly childlike melodies.  Brit-noir.

Vocals & instruments by Jon McDevitt except:

Stuart Francis – drums & percussion
For Stuart Francis' own music, see Spectre on alienatedrecords.com

Mike Turk – bass guitar on tracks 1 ,2, 4, 5, 6, 9 & 11

Dave Coston – piano on tracks 1, 4, 5, 6 & 11, Mellotron on tracks 1 & 4, lead bass, acoustic guitar and lead guitar track 7

James McClusky – lead guitar on tracks 4, 6 & 9

Neill Tupman – slide guitar on tracks 6 & 11

Additional orchestration on tracks 4 & 6 by Léanie Kaleido and Jon McDevitt

All songs written by Jon McDevitt except tracks 4 & 11 by Hudson/McDevitt & track 5 by Coston/Hudson/McDevitt

Mixed & produced by Jon McDevitt @jonmcdevitt.com
Mastered by Nick Watson @fluidmastering.com

Artwork by Jon McDevitt from a painting by Lily McDevitt
Design by Clare Corrigan @admingofer.co.uk
Photography by James Lawson @james-lawson.co.uk
© 2019 Jon McDevitt ℗ 2019 Cattleprod



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Just Wonderful
'The River And The Burial Ground' is a proper album. By which I mean it reminds me of when I would buy a vinyl album back in the day, then sit and listen to it from start to finish whilst absorbing the artwork and lyrics. Indeed the album is packaged in this way (I'm lucky enough to have a physical CD copy), and I felt an immediate connection between the dark and intriguing cover art and the music whilst listening.

This is classic British songwriting at it's best; a noir-ish feel but also enchanting and beguiling in equal measures. Love, loss, life and death are themes that are covered, and there's also healthy slices of wit and celebration mixed in too. There are perhaps more subjective themes present in some tracks (indeed small samples link certain songs) so I can only surmise that there's a narrative here (again, proper album), but I'm still enjoying figuring that one out.

The arrangements and production are top-notch, with the tasteful use of piano, guitars, harmonica and strings over an expertly restrained rhythm section, inspired - often sublime on tracks like 'Lemon Days' and 'Sunburn'. Jon's vocals are soulful, sometimes sad, but drip with honesty and charm. Layered harmony backing vocals only add another gorgeous texture to the mix, and send those hairs on the arms tingling (check out the title track). With all that, there's still space, restraint and a complete understanding of what the song needs (or doesn't). I get the impression this album may have been a long time coming, but I dont think I've heard a better put together album in years.

Tempo and moods vary, and there really is something for most discerning listeners here. From the Beach Boys-esque 'Sunburn', to the Lynne/Petty referencing 'Satellite'. The title track sounds like it could've soundtracked a Sergio Leone western; its rolling, insistent blues highlighting some really strong guitar work. I have no doubt that repeated listens will yield more surprises, oh - and on headphones... "just wonderful".

I cannot recommend this album enough, it's been on constant rotation in the my car. Its quiet release in early 2020 deserves wider attention - yours.

Kevin Poole

A true Masterpiece
I have been familiar with Jon's sets and cover work and now have found his original material absolutely brilliant. The poinient lyrics coupled with such wonderful melodies puts this local artist amongst the best in the area if not the south. The river and the burial ground is a masterpiece indeed.

Sue Weller

JON'S NEW CD - R & B G '
We had not seen Jon McDevitt since about 2005 when he was the lead singer in a band called Geist & wondered what he was doing now, musically. That's when he told us about his new cd, so listened to some snippets from it & immediately bought one.
We were not disappointed - it was great from the start. Carefully crafted lyrics with lovely tunes to accompany them - each track very different & pleasure to listen to. Loved all the songs but Satellite is my personal favorite..
can thoroughly recommend that you do what I did & take a listen to some of the tracks & I am sure you will be eager to own your own copy.

Paul Stanworth

A work of art
This, I can honestly say, is one of my favourite albums ever. An original masterpiece by Jon McDevitt. The variety and attention to detail is something else on a collection of songs that are beautifully crafted, arranged and delivered - a very enjoyable and at times, emotional journey of an album. From the openers, the ‘Golden Slumbers’ inspired ‘Downmarket’ & the catchy and quirky ‘For Want Of Something Better’ through to the wistful longing of ‘Broken Blues (For Cam)’ - a perfect, reflective tribute to a friend taken too soon - and then on to a rousing finale with the band kicking in for songs like ‘Satellite’ after a succession of gems along the way. With fantastic contributions from guest musicians including Léanie Kaleido, Neill Tupman & James McClusky, if you are serious about supporting hard working musicians and want to own an album that is up there with the best, I suggest you buy it!