JohnlikeJohn delivers a smooth saturating blend of the DIY naïve punk ethic of Daniel Johnson, with the cultured folk stylings of Joanna Newsom and the skewed yet incisive poetry of Ivor Cutler and John Copper Clarke. With endless creativity and retaining a particularly contemporary sound through his music, JohnLikeJohn offers great hope for the British folk music scene.
His last release ‘Vegans Are Evil Too’ looked at the hypocrisy and mediated on the cruelty of the world, solidifying the dark folk style that JohnlikeJohn has defined and made his own. An exploration of interesting sounds and instruments, JohnlikeJohn now looks to cement himself as a serious musician with the unveiling of his new release ’Burn The World’.
Like the rise of Americana in the United States, this is a celebration of the typically wry view of the world that songwriters have been famous for in Britain for decades, laughing in the face of authority and championing the underdog. An exploration of dark, satirical poetry, ‘Burn The World’ repositions folk as a vital form of storytelling. At its core, this is a song that tells the story of a melancholic and apathetic god, who after years of toying with his creation, decides he simply doesn’t care anymore.
Highly emotive, ‘Burn The World’ infuses passionate indie folk with an underlying tone of Doo-Wop. JohnlikeJohn’s raw vocals take centre stage, in a haunting and bittersweet manner, reminicent of the likes of Elliot Smith and Bob Dylan. The track oozes creativity and defies the stereotypes that music should be simple or a specific genre. JohnlikeJohn’s latest release gives him a head-turning edge that demands to be heard.
Offering some insight into the new single, JohnlikeJohn explained, “Apart from the religious heavy themes, at its core this is a song expressing what it’s like to feel truly dispassionate, even about something you supposedly really love.”