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  • Writer's pictureKristine England

Jono McCleery

Jono McCleery
Jono McCleery

Jono McCleery is a singer from London.  His first album, Darkest Light, was crowdfunded and released in 2008. The Skinny called the debut, “an accomplished and promising introduction.” Contact Music goes further: “McCleery's music feels like it should be easy to categorise, but its endless subtleties make that handle  elusive…” Four more albums followed, with his latest, Seeds of a Dandelion, landing in late January 2018. With a soulful voice and penchant for covers, he’s made a name for himself in the UK as a thoughtful contributor to the British musical lexicon. He’s been touted as one of the UK’s “best-kept secrets.”

Seeds of a Dandelion has received solid acclaim. An album of covers, McCleery tackles artist like Paul Weller, Cocteau Twins and Roy Davis, Jr. A reflective version of Thom Yorke’s Atoms of Peace tune, “Ingenue,” has also been remixed into demonstrably different interpretations of the track. The Line of Fit’s close examination concludes, “The melancholy drone of the organ lays the foundations for McCleery’s faultless voice to take charge, reaching Thom Yorke’s dizzying high-notes with ease. Then, as soon as the bass and percussion kick in, the underlying groove is unearthed, turning the original’s mechanical beat into a more natural, uplifting high.”




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