wistful chamber pop!”
The Jack of Hearts (2010)
regularly come up on my playlists at home. Lionheart brought together a rich, interesting and diverse sound with his songs, and in the time since his first album, I’ve been eagerly awaiting for the next album.
That has come in the form of The Jack of Hearts, and it’s a bit of a different album than I initially expected. The Jack of Hearts is a superb album one that demonstrates that Lionheart’s voice, sound and songwriting has improved since the last outing, and this album is his best work yet. When it arrived a couple of weeks ago, I put it into the CD player and it’s been playing since.
The song that caught my ears first was Harry & Bess, the third track on the album, with an excited beat and groove, coupled with a fantastic guitar backing everything up. There’s something between the lyrics and instruments that makes me really want to move, and the swing feel with this song is all but irresistible. Other tracks on the album carry with them a diverse sound and feel as well, from Arkansas to Sweet Tanzini to Dear Corinne. Each song really has their own stories, and like the country singers that clearly influenced this album, there’s equal emphasis on the lyrics and storytelling throughout the album.
What makes this album so good is that there’s a lot that falls into place here – the songwriting, the music, vocals, instrumentation and packaging (this, for me, is important as well, and Jack of Hearts nailed the cover this time). Indie-singer/songwriters have a difficult time really standing out in the internet age, with so much variety, but Lionheart manages to do so with a unique, interesting sound and image. The Jack of Hearts confirms that he’s onto something good here, continuing his successes with the first album, and will hopefully continue to do so in the near future.
Dear Corrine – Ferraby Lionheart
a wonderful album full of sentimental and romantic ballads with acoustic guitars, pianos, and tambourines.
Los Angeles folk-pop singer/songwriter Ferraby Lionheart was born in Nashville, TN, and his musical influences range from Shel Silverstein to George Gershwin, Hank Williams, and Cole Porter. In 2003 he began fronting a band named Telecast, which issued an EP via U.K. label Falsetto. Through a mutual friend, Lionheart was noticed by renowned producer/multi-instrumentalist Jon Brion, who invited him on-stage for a song. After a few years with Telecast, Lionheart went solo and self-released an EP he recorded with only a few instruments and limited recording devices. He signed with Nettwerk, which digitally re-released his EP in February 2007, and he subsequently secured dates with the Autumn Defense and the Walkmen that winter. His debut album, Catch the Brass Ring, was released in August 2007.