Jonah Hitchens is a young musician with an old-school Jazz style that’s sophisticated beyond his years. Home grown in “a place near Exeter”, his youth was spent jamming to Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin - but it wasn’t long before he swapped covers for creation. His primary school years were focused less on schoolwork and more on song writing, eager to establish his own musical voice. Now, heavily influenced by his recent studies in Jazz, Hitchens has crafted a unique, soul-infused sound that could be likened to a fusion of Jason Mraz, Leon Bridges and Frank Ocean.
His new EP ‘Floating’ blends the sound of a slow, cosy, Sunday morning (‘Just the Simple Things/Ballad’) with foot-tapping, sun-kissed, pop soul (‘Let Love Guide You/The Island’). Describing it as a conceptual EP, Jonah’s perception of ‘floating’ is embodied by the laidback, immersive quality to many of the tracks and his contemplation of “the way the mind moves”. Inspired by the idea that our thoughts can be “uncontrollable and sometimes directionless”, this EP emanates the feathery-lightness of a daydream interwoven with romance.
The final track on the EP, ‘The Island’, is the catchiest and most lively of the collection. A satisfying brew of smooth vocals and groovy guitar licks, let this be the soundtrack to your summer afternoon - drink in hand. Perhaps a nod to his childhood by the sea, this song definitely evokes visions of road trips to sandy beaches. Swirls of jazzy melodies and funky bass give this track an infectious, hip-swaying rhythm that would have even the most reluctant listener bopping along. As a conclusion to the EP, ‘The Island’ leaves us feeling warm, content and wanting to hear more.
Within the next month, Jonah and his band will be performing the EP via a live YouTube session and releasing the live album on Spotify and iTunes. Be sure to follow ‘Jonah Hitchens Official’ on Facebook for more information, plus gig updates throughout the Summer!
Author: Sian Williams