Tracks: 1. Donnie; 2. Cats in Heaven [Acoustic]; 3. Synd
Seriously Groovy Records SODA LLL 2171 CDS
Alternative / “”Peculiar Pop”” / Rock from Norway
Check all samples (whole CD): https://jetjohnsonband.bandcamp.com/album/donnie
Donny Osmond clearly made an impression on a certain generation, However, this has to be the first song I’ve heard dedicated to said little boy. Jet Johnson can probably get away with this though, being as they are a “supergroup” of sorts – featuring members of Reynolds, Peachfuzz and Billy Mahonie.
Perhaps rather surprisingly, it’s a pleasant sort of tune, as a shy and sweet female vocal skips along in a somewhat St Etienne direction, married with chiming guitars and roomy sounding drums, all wrapped up in the warm glow of people who neither want to shag you or tell you how awful their life is.
So why don’t I hate this? Usually I hate anything that doesn’t seem to be at least trying to provoke a reaction, but the trick is that ‘Donnie’, does provoke a reaction, a small, subtle one of appreciation for the little things in life for a change. Perhaps a record for whose who like mild mannered indie all-dayers held in places like The Scala and The Spitz, but absorbing nonetheless.
5.0 out of 5 stars Summer loving,
‘Donnie’ is a single for ice cream, days in the park, and the summer. A stunning pop pean to teenage yearning, young imagination and fan worship (of Donny Osmond). A little left of centre, it possesses dreamlike qualities with the delicate and fragile vocals of Caroline Nesbo, rhythmic strumming from guitarist Gavin Baker and uncluttered, minimalist beats from drummer Kevin Smith. Subtle, yet infectious in the toe-tapping sense; harmonious melodies, punchy indie pop dynamism and sweetly shimmering, lilting vocals.