ARTIST - JIGGLEY JONES
EP/DEMO - A MOUNTAIN, A
STRUGGLE, A TUNNEL, A LIGHT
EP/DEMO - A MOUNTAIN, A STRUGGLE, A TUNNEL, A LIGHT
Genre: Folk, Sadcore, Americana Pop
Sounds Like: Josh Ritter, Nick Drake, The National.
The Good: Inspiring concept and music
The Bad: A bit repetitive
The Ugly: Nothing to report
The Band:3 out of 5
The Music:3 out of 5
The Songs:3 out of 5
The Vibe: 3 out of 5
The Production: 3 out of 5
The Verdict: 3 out of 5
The Review (COATSVILLE, PENNSYLVANIA) Jiggley Jones just released his debut EP entitled “A Mountain, A Struggle, A Tunnel, A Light” I could be wrong but influences may include Blitzen Trapper, Iron and Wine, or even some of the folksier songs from Eric Hutchinson. Lyrics inspired by ordinary experiences, nature, and an adventurous spirit round out this debut release entitled “A Mountain, A Struggle, A Tunnel, A Light.”
During my initial research I found more music out there from Jones prior to this release, so what gives with the debut release comment? Let’s not let the word “debut” fool you though. Just like the title of his 4 song independent EP release, “No Spring Chicken”, Jiggley himself has lived. “Lets face it, I’m not 18 anymore and thank God for that”, says Jones. “I’m no longer coming from a place that I have to in order to fit in, I’m coming from a place that is different because that is what I’ve become. No tattoos, no piercings, just music, strong and true, music that paints a picture. There is a certain fearlessness in his music. Additionally when speaking about his artist, label president Dave Moody states that, “his songwriting is relevant and fresh, and he has a vocal style all his own.” Reiterating that same sentiment manager Michael Stover continues by saying “Jiggley has that one-of-a-kind sound…his songs will touch you and move you with their beautiful lyrics and melodic strength.” Two great descriptions that encompass the musical attitude of his Lamon Records Nashville debut release titled “A Mountain, A Struggle, A Tunnel, A Light.” I couldn’t agree more.
A diving in and pushing forward that reflects another side of this multi-talented artist, the EP stars off with “Walk on Me”. It's mesmerizing acoustic guitar introduction eventually lending itself to a captivating yet melancholy vocal performance from Jones. Being a professional event planner, I cannot get out of my head the idea that many tracks on this EP filling almost any country function. All 6 songs on “A Mountain, A Struggle, A Tunnel, A Light” have a whimsical “Where the wind takes you” sort of feel that makes the world seem right but there’s an underlying sense of hope that your future looks brighter than your past. Just when you think you got this guy and his band down you get blindsided by more songwriting depth. This leads us right into my favorite 3 tracks on the EP “Look What I found”, “Hope in a Bottle” and “Nothing So Natural” It’s got more of a short but sweet message, still possessing a powerful style and grace. Not only is Jones a capable musician, his contribution to the writing and arrangements of all these songs is of paramount importance. I’ve seen videos of Jones perfrom9ng songs in an up close and personal setting (See below link). This is where true talent either flourishes and fails to show up. Here in this setting Jones delivers, which is to say nothing of the pervasive and contagious chemistry he shares with the other musicians present. As a whole the bad plays like a well oiled machine. I might add there are songs here for old school Americana fans as well like myself. Indeed Jones aims to please new listeners as well as his songs are also placed in a near perfect arrangement – 5 solid pieces. Notable standouts for me are “Hope in a Bottle” And “Look What I Found”.
The Bad: EP Sounds a bit repetitive.
The Ugly: Nothing to report
The Bottom Line The EP as a whole provides a wonderful acoustic unplugged setting and a Folk, Sadcore, Americana Pop ambience delivered straight from the heart. Another hit for me is “Man on the Run” a great closing statement. Jiggley Jones reminds me of Josh Ritter, Nick Drake and The National. A Mountain, A Struggle, A Tunnel, A Light” is a rock solid release that upholds the classic Americana-folk and jam band standard as the title suggests. I eagerly want to hear more music from Jones real soon.
Richard Hope edited by Markus Druery
Indieshark Music Critic