Price: £34.99
Format: boxset
Artist: Jon Gomm
Availability: 16-10-2020
CatNo: KSCOPE558
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Jon Gomm The Faintest Idea 2CD_DVD Limited
Jon Gomm, the UK based acoustic guitar virtuoso, finds new emotional depths in immense melodic pop landscapes, with his new album The Faintest Idea.
 
The Faintest Idea  -  a stunning limited edition deluxe 3 disc hardback book edition which will feature – CD1 - The Faintest Idea album, CD 2 - The Naked Artist Mix – a stripped back version of the album; a DVD containing 6 exclusive performances filmed in a medieval church, guitar technique presentations,  a 35 minute Jon Gomm interview, song description videos  and The Faintest Idea in high resolution stereo audio. The beautiful book will feature Lee Zimmerman illustrations, song descriptions, handwritten lyrics and full guitar tablature for the song “Check You’re Still Breathing”.
 
When most people look at an acoustic guitar, they see exactly that – a wooden box with strings. As one of the pioneers of the modern fingerstyle sound, however, Jon Gomm has a rare gift for turning one instrument into what feels like an entire orchestra...
 
The Blackpool-born singer-songwriter’s 2003 home-recorded debut, Hypertension, was nothing short of a musical revelation: drumming beats, tapping chords and striking harmonics on his acoustic underneath that warm, soulful voice. Things changed for Jon when landmark single Passionflower racked up millions of views on YouTube and other media platforms in 2012 – with British legend Stephen Fry describing him on mainstream television as someone “playing the guitar in a way I’d never seen it played before” and “an all-round genius”. Follow up album Secrets Nobody Keeps arrived in 2013, further cementing his stature as one of the driving forces behind an acoustic revolution – but now, having signed a label deal for the very first time in his career, he’s managed to truly refine the pop sensibilities and emotive expression within that unmistakable wall of sound.
 
The Faintest Idea’s title is based on the notion that all of us, to some extent, are just The Faintest Idea, “It’s an enigmatic title,” smiles Gomm. “There’s a fine line between a metaphor and a pun, so I guess it dances on that” and explores the contrasts between the warmth of Gomm’s acoustic articulation with more icy affairs, thanks to the synth parts and production work from Australian musician Andy Sorenson, together they have created a contemporary masterpiece.
 
Often cited as one of the most naturally gifted acoustic artists of the modern age, Gomm drew inspiration from his own experiences over the last few years. And while there have been moments of joyous celebration, by his own admission there has also been plenty of personal upheaval: “This album has been a long time coming,” he reflects. “I tend to write in a really painstaking way. The last few years of my life have involved a lot of personal trauma – from me and my wife losing a pregnancy, through to losing other people in my life.”
 
The album is complemented by the delicate hand drawn pen and ink cover art created by Lee Zimmerman.
 
The Faintest Idea’s immersive and emotional 11 tracks sees a musician coming to terms with the talents that got him recognised and choosing to evolve into the unexpected and, despite having already gone viral and established himself as one of the modern-day masters of acoustic, this could very well be the release that sees the virtuoso transition to a mainstream audience, and it really just boils down to the magic of one man with his guitar and voice. And what a powerful magic it is.
 
Jon Gomm has confirmed an extensive UK & Eire headline tour from Dec 2020 – March 2021– see www.jongomm.com for details
 
All preorders with Burning Shed will receive a signed postcard
CD1
 
1. Deep Sea Fishes [05:27]
2. Cocoon [04:08]
3. Dream Factories [04:52]
4. Tempest [04:35]
5. The Ghost Inside You [04:59]
6. Universal Biology [06:52]
7. Song For A Rainy Day [03:30]
8. Check You're Still Breathing [03:30]
9. Butterfly Hurricane [05:28]
10. Swallow You Whole [06:14]
11. Until The Sun Destroys The Earth [04:35]
 
CD2
 
1. Deep Sea Fishes (Naked Artist Mix) [05:30]
2 Cocoon (Naked Artist Mix) [04:07]
3. Dream Factories (Naked Artist Mix) [04:54]
4. Tempest (Naked Artist Mix) [04:30]
5. The Ghost Inside You (Naked Artist Mix) [05:02]
6. Universal Biology (Naked Artist Mix) [06:33]
7. Song For A Rainy Day (Naked Artist Mix) [03:25]
8. Check You're Still Breathing (Naked Artist Mix)  [03:31]
9. Butterfly Hurricane (Naked Artist Mix) [05:26]
10. Swallow You Whole (Naked Artist Mix) [06:15]
11. Until The Sun Destroys The Earth (Naked Artist Mix) [04:34]
12. Passionflower (Naked Artist Mix) [06:49]
 
DVD
 
6 exclusive performances filmed in a medieval church, guitar technique presentations,  a 35 minute Jon Gomm interview, song description videos and The Faintest Idea in high resolution stereo audio