Jon and Roy - "Runner" ( Independent): The acclaimed folk-rock combo from Victoria, BC, released a new album (their sixth), The Road Ahead Is Golden, on Friday. A video for focus track "Runner" has also come out, and it fits the likeable and mellow vibe of the song. The laconic style of the clip has elicited Wes Anderson comparisons.
"Runner" is a nice example of the trio's sparse and unaffected sound, led by Jon Middleton's gently plaintive vocals. The track and abum were produced by Jon and Roy and Stephen Franke.
Jon and Roy were formed back in 2003 by singer-songwriter/guitarist Middleton and drummer Roy Vizer, with multi-instrumentalist Dougal Bain Mclean added shortly after.
They've had major success in the placements field, linking up with Scotiabank, Volkswagen, and Lululemon, and placing tracks on HBO’s 24/7, The Drifter, and more.
A track from 2014's By My Side album, "Every Night," has scored 3.5 M Spotify Plays
The group's road ahead includes a slot at the Tall Tree Music Festival in Port Renfrew, BC, on June 24, followed by a European and UK tour, Aug. 4 - 19. Those gigs include opening for reggae greats Toots & The Maytals at the UK Bands in the Sands fest on Aug. 9.
“The Road Ahead Is Golden” will be the band’s first European release on Filter Records.