Snippet – Americana UK Review

Debut from Hotly tipped Essex Lo-Fi maestro

“Colchester’s Johnno Casson has been causing a minor stir amongst the great and the good of the British music industry, with patronage for his previous four EPs coming from prominent names on BBC radio and Q Magazine; his lo-fi pop seems to be hitting the proverbial spot of tastemakers.

‘Slowly…’ is his debut album, though Casson’s existing CV is from a cleaner electronic music background; previously the singer in trip-hop band Deep Joy, he’s already worked with the likes of James Lavelle, Andrew Weatherall and Adrian Sherwood. A light-year of experience away from your average singer-songwriter, Casson is more likely to utilise simple drum machine patterns, funk and electronica influences, and pop rhythms into his work than your average strumming troubadour.

Casson infuses these homespun tunes with personality and natural quirks. His everybloke lyrical approach and vocal style is disarming. Often double-tracked or treated, it’s never plain, or as it first appears. Something of a diverse listen, ‘Bee Stings’ is fine sprightly acoustic pop, while the likes of ‘Chip Off The Old Block’ and ‘Sneer’ usher in infectious rhythms and samples. ‘Man Without Mobile’ sounds like it could be Super Furry Animals walking into the oddest tropical karaoke bar you could fathom, and somehow remaining sober. The synth-pop of ‘Get Over Yourself’ adds some dry wit and humour, and ‘I’m No Nearly Man’, ‘Among the Hedgerows’ and ‘Get My Sparkle Back’ show a real talent for arrangements and melody.

Snippet’s sonic world is full of archaic drum machine sounds, relateable everyday narratives, samples and keys; the whole album has a real home-made and wilfully lo-fi eccentric charm to it. Not for everybody, but worth investigating.”
– Ian Fildes, Americana UK

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