The other week we dreamt that we asked Jonnine aka Jonnine Standish of f#cking HTRK to make some music for a tape series. She ended up sending us what was essentially a 9 track album of new songs featuring Jonnine on bass guitar, a Mopho synth, a wave drum and an electric wind instrument, plus her vocals, clicks and garden chimes, and contributions from Conrad Standish (of CS + Kreme) and mixing by Tarquin Manek. Oh wait…
We approach all of Jonnine’s music with caution cos - hooks - she warned us about them. When her last record 'Super Natural’ was released last year the ohrwurm wasn’t for leaving us in peace, for real it was almost too much - and this time, if you can believe it - it’s worse.
You get 9 songs - 9 - songs - there are chorus pedals and strings and endless atmospheres. The opener is a dream, blurred vision - heartache. The title track - pan flutes - this is basically The Cure’s ‘Dressing Up’ remade. Except Jonnine has never heard ’The Top’. It’s all v weird and auspicious, a complete heart melt. Also, real?
"everyday motifs repeat, days blurring into one another, walking from room to room, twitter news before bed, your number is up, the last love song? walking on a tightrope, surrender, watching sun shadows move around the walls, the invisible, pretty flowers, sleeping with liquid cats, yoko’s tweets, supermarket zombies, subconscious messages, dreams that set the mood for the day, the ocean flooding the living room"
Jonnine - Kallista, Dandenong Ranges / Autumn 2020